Vitor Belfort confirms Michael Bisping challenge; tells him to “stop finding excuses”

Vitor Belfort confirms Michael Bisping challenge; tells him to “stop finding excuses”

Vitor Belfort has confirmed he wants to fight Michael Bisping again, this time in London.

By Oscar Willis - 16 Jan 2018

Vitor Belfort does want to meet Michael Bisping at UFC London in a rematch. In fact, he’d really appreciate it if Bisping accepted the challenge.

Belfort was originally meant to meet Uriah Hall at past Sunday’s UFC St. Louis, only for Hall to be hospitalised after suffering through a bad weight cut. After turning down two opponents, one for St. Louis and one for the upcoming UFC Boston, Belfort informed the UFC that he wanted to meet Bisping in a rematch at UFC London in March.

It’s an interesting proposition. Bisping has long had issues with Belfort, who physically altered Bisping’s face permanently after knocking him out with a brutal kick during their first fight. After that, Belfort’s name was regularly tied to banned substances and increased testosterone — a topic Bisping regularly spoke out about.

Combine that potential ill feeling with the fact that both men have made it clear that they consider their next contest to be their last, and the duo could make sense being put on together. Today on social media, Bisping doubled down on the challenge, calling on Bisping to stop “finding excuses” and meet Belfort in Bisping’s home country.

Bisping stop finding excuses. @ufc had offered us Belfort vs Bisping 2 and I said YES. I will fight you in your country. How about that? Let’s make an amazing show for all the fans around the the world and retire in great fashion… Thanks @ufc @danawhite for finding a way to help me with all the camp expenses and offering me this great fight. I promise you and all my fans; on March 17th in London you all will see the Phenom in the octagon. I’m leaving it all in there!! #teambelfort #legacy. Bisping para de arranjar desculpas. O UFC ofereceu Belfort vs Bisping 2 e eu aceitei. Dessa vez vamos lutar na sua casa, o q acha? Vamos fazer um grande espetáculo para todos os fãs espalhados pelo mundo e nos aposentarmos e grande estilo… e obrigado ao UFC em relação aos custos do meu treinamento e por ter me oferecido essa grande luta. Prometo a todos que dia 17 de Março em Londres vcs verão o Fenômeno no octógono. Eu vou deixar tudo dentro daquele cage!!

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