With no Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event scheduled until Nov. 10 when the promotion hits China for the first time for UFC on FUEL TV 6: "Franklin vs. Le," mixed martial arts (MMA) fans are left to scrape the barrel for news on upcoming events.
That includes potential fight announcements, like a heavily rumored middleweight clash pitting Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping.
There's been no official word from the UFC, but both have had the situation brought up to them on their official Twitter accounts. Belfort addressed things head on:
"I don't have anything confirmed about fighting Bisping. It's all rumors. When I know about it will let you guys know."
Over on Bisping's Twitter, he was given a good luck wish from a fan and his response was simply to ask, "where you hear that?"
Later, UFC insider and MMA Fighting/SB Nation journalist Ariel Helwani revealed on his Twitter that he "knows that's the direction UFC wants to go in."
So Belfort vs. Bisping is certainly a possibility but it's unofficial at this time. Considering Anderson Silva is on the sidelines waiting to see if Georges St. Pierre gets past Carlos Condit on Nov. 17 in Montreal, both middleweights need something to do in the meantime.
Why not fight?