Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/23/13
Going into UFC on FX 7, Michael Bisping was the next logical candidate to challenge Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight title. He had gone 6-2 in his past eight fights, with one of the two losses being debatable against Chael Sonnen at UFC on FOX 2 in Chicago, and was coming off a rousing victory over Brian Stann. He was facing off against one of the true legends of MMA, the last man standing from the early days of the UFC, in the Brazilian's backyard. Silva was even in attendance, as well, to set up the TUF Season 3 winner's long overdue title shot. You couldn't have set this up better for Bisping to earn a big-money title shot and give Silva a new challenger. And then Vitor Belfort ruined it all by head-kicking him back to the middle of the pack. With Tim Boetsch being punched out by Costa Philippou and Alan Belcher ground out by Yushin Okami, Silva is now left without the crop of challengers that had seemingly popped up after the Sonnen rematch. After the beatdown he gave t...
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