Dana White confirms Bisping to face Silva with a win over Belfort

UFC President Dana White confirmed after UFC 155 last night that if middleweight contender Michael Bisping (23-4) can defeat Vitor Belfort (21-10) next month he'll be in line for a shot at Anderson Silva's middleweight title.

The middleweight title picture became a little clearer last night as two of the division's top contenders both suffered setbacks. Tim Boetsch suffered a third round TKO loss against Costa Philippou to push him back down the pecking order, meanwhile Alan Belcher, who has been campaigning for a bout against Bisping for as long as I can remember, lost a decision to former long-time top contender Yushin Okami.

Dana White told the media at the UFC 155 Post-Event Press Conference;

"It's funny, because yesterday at the weigh-ins, Belcher came up to me and said, 'I'm going to win this fight tomorrow night, and when Vitor Belfort gets hurt, because you know he will, I'm going to step in and I want that fight with Bisping,'"

"But yeah. If Bisping wins that fight, he'll get the next shot."

Bisping will step into Belfort's native Brazil next month looking to get the job done as the men headline UFC on FX 7. Bisping has won five of his last six including wins over Dan Miller, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Jorge Rivera, Jason Miller and Brian Stann. The only setback came against Chael Sonnen (decision) at UFC on FOX 2 last January.

UFC On FX 7 Belfort vs. Bisping
Saturday 19th January 2013


Middleweight Bout: Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping
Middleweight Bout: C.B. Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafian
Heavyweight Bout: Ben Rothwell vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Lightweight Bout: Habib Nurmagomedov vs. Thiago Tavares


Featherweight Bout: Nik Lentz vs. Diego Nunes
Lightweight Bout: Justin Salas vs. Edson Barboza
Featherweight Bout: George Roop vs. Iuri Alcantara
Light Heavyweight Bout: Roger Hollett vs. Wagner Prado
Featherweight Bout: Godofredo Castro vs. Milton Vieira
Middleweight Bout: Andrew Craig vs. Ronny Markes
Middleweight Bout: Michael Kuiper vs. Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo
Light Heavyweight Bout: C.J. Keith vs. Francisco Trinaldo


Published by Steve Wickett - Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:00

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