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Michael Bisping explains, in about the only way the brash Brit can, why he's not looking past Saturday's opponent atop the UFC on FX 7 card, Vitor Belfort.
"You have to remain focused or he'll punch you in the back of the head," Bisping told FOXSports.com. "He fights dirty."
A victory by Bisping assures him a shot at middleweight champ Anderson Silva, an opportunity that has eluded Bisping in the UFC. It doesn't seem to faze Bisping that he'll have to conquer Belfort in his native Brazil.
"I'm looking forward to that," Bisping said. "We're right there in his backyard. He'll have no excuses about the judging. He can't blame the food or the travel or anything like that. I'm going into his territory."
Maybe not geographically, but competitively this is well-traveled ground for Bisping. He's been seemingly a fight away from being declared the No. 1 contender for much of a UFC career that began in 2006.
Bisping, 33, was most recently primed for a breakthrough last January, but he lost a unanimous decision to Chael Sonnen. The defeat was Bisping's only setback over his last six fights. While it was a tough loss, Bisping knows he can't dwell on the past.
"After that fight, I sat on the couch and drank a cold one," Bisping said. "I wanted to be impartial and honest. I watched it. I thought I won. I had another beer and watched it again. I won that time, too. But that's old news. I can't be making any mistakes against Belfort. He is a dirty fighter."
Belfort doesn't seem to be amused by Bisping's rants.
"I don't pay attention to what anybody says," Belfort said. "Nothing can affect my brain. If you pay attention to what other people say, it's going to change what I'm doing. He may get attention from what he says about me. It doesn't matter to me.
"What do I think about him? I think he should just go in there and fight. That's it."
Belfort and Bisping enter UFC on FX in very different positions.
Bisping bounced back from his loss to Sonnen with a win over Brian Stann at UFC 152 in September.
Belfort's last fight also came at UFC 152 as he stepped up a division in place of an injured Lyoto Machida. Belfort was submitted by light heavyweight champ Jon Jones in the fourth round.
Unlike Bisping, UFC president Dana White said that Belfort -- who lasted less than a round against Silva two years ago -- will not get a chance at the middleweight title.
"I don't think about it," Belfort said. "Thinking something doesn't give you the right to have it. He's the boss. You just have to follow the rules. I'm a hungry fighter. I'm going to go in there to win."
Two of the top middleweight fighters -- Tim Boetsch and Alan Belcher -- stumbled last month at UFC 155. For Bisping, it was a reminder of just how fleeting the opportunities -- like his on Saturday -- can be.
"I don't want to fall on the last hurdle," Bisping said. "There's tremendous pressure to perform. I'm a sadistic bastard. I'm pushing myself more and more. I'm working harder and harder. I snap at my coaches and training partners. I want the best out of myself because I'm so close. The stakes are higher."
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As many would have expected, things got heated up significantly at the UFC on FX 7 pre-fight press conference and culminated with an intense stare-down that saw Michael Bisping shove Belfort’s hand away repeatedly as they both exchanged several insults in front of entertained fans.
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UFC on FX 7 takes place Saturday night in Sao Paulo,...
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UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping is going down on January 19, 2013 at Ibirapuera Arena in São Paulo, Brazil. Brazil is basically home court advantage for middleweight fighter Vitor Belfort. Belfort will square off against British bad boy Michael Bisping in the main event. Check out the press conference in Sao Paolo where the two get a little too close for comfort. Belfort put...
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All the fighters slated to participate in tomorrow night’s “UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping” event will be tipping the scale today inside Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The first athlete is scheduled to weigh-in at approximately 1PM ET/10AM PT.
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Here are all of the weigh-in results:
MAIN CARD (FX)
Vitor Belfort (185) vs. Michael Bisping (186)
C.B. Dollaway (186) vs. Daniel Sarafian (186)
Gabriel Gonzaga (255) vs. Ben Rothwell (258)
Khabib Nurmagomedov (155) vs. Thiago Tavares (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV)
Godofredo Castro (145) vs. Milton Vieira (146)
Andrew Craig (185) vs. Ronny Markes (186)
Nik Lentz (145) vs....
The official weigh-ins for “UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping” take place today inside Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Stream Friday’s weight contest live right here on 5thRound.com starting at 1PM ET/10AM PT.
Michael Bisping (Pictured) battles Vitor Belfort in Saturday’s featured attraction. C.B. Dollaway and Daniel Sarafian co-headline the festivities.
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