A DARK cloud floats precariously over Michael Bisping’s future in the UFC after Octagon legend Vitor Belfort inflicted the Clitheroe star’s second defeat in three outings.
The Count’s title aspirations diminished in emphatic fashion when the legendary Brazilian fighter knocked him out with a kick to the head in the second round of the contest at Sao Paulo’s Ibirapuera Arena in the main event of UFC on FX 7.
Bisping entered the fight with a very certain climb to the top with UFC president and American entrepreneur Dana White vowing to deliver a shot at Anderson Silva for the middleweight title should he beat Belfort.
However, despite making it through the first stanza unscathed, he was floored by a single left kick to the head and, as Belfort continued to pummel his fallen foe, the fight was stopped.
The 33-year-old, who lost to Chael Sonnen 12 months ago, will now fall to the back of the queue to become number one contender, meaning an inconvenient detour will need to be taken in his quest for the title.
After the defeat, Bisping posted on social networking site Twitter: “Sorry guys. Wasn’t good enough tonight. Fair play to Vitor, well done. Thanks to everyone for the kind support, will be back soon.”