Stage is set for Michael Bisping’s title shot

TITLE SHOT: Michael Bisping
TITLE SHOT: Michael Bisping
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THE platform has been set for Michael Bisping’s long-awaited title shot against Anderson Silva.

UFC president and American entrepreneur Dana White has vowed to deliver The Count’s burning ambition should Clitheroe’s MMA star beat legendary Brazilian fighter Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC on FX 7 at Sao Paulo’s Ibirapuera Arena on January 19th.

An injury to Serro-Longo middleweight Chris Weidman, who is 5-0 in the UFC, has paved the way for Bisping’s potential shot at the UFC’s longest reigning champion. But it will be by no means a facile passage against the Octagon hotshot, who recently pushed Jon Jones to the wire in a light-heavyweight championship contest at UFC 152 in September.

Bisping competed on the same card

Taking on Brian Stann, the Brit did enough to earn a unanimous decision victory.

It was the only win of 2012 for The Count after an injury forced him out of a planned UFC 149 contest against Tim Boetsch.

In January, he was unsuccessful in a title eliminator against Chael Sonnen.

But in a contest which will see Belfort’s knockout power challenge Bisping’s movement, cardio and versatility, the Brit has doused venom on an already flaming cauldron of vitriol by questioning the attributes and hunger of Belfort.

He told MMAInterviews: “He has the body of a lion but the legs of a chicken and the heart of a chicken, which I’ll show.

“I can go five five-minutes round standing on my head.

“I don’t think Vitor Belfort can do the same thing, and after round one, he’s going to be a walking punching bag and it’s going to be an easy night.”

Bisping added: “I believe I can beat him. I believe I’m the better fighter.”