3 Reasons to Root for Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7

Steven Muehlhausen@@fightclubchiContributor IIIJanuary 18, 2013

3 Reasons to Root for Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7

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    Michael Bisping is one of the most dynamic figures in MMA. A lot of people hate him, but we're starting to see a trend lately of people starting to like him, too.

    Bisping competes tomorrow night in the main event of UFC on FX 7 against former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. Dana White has stated that if Bisping gets by "The Phenom," he will get a shot at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

    Can Bisping finally get over the hump tomorrow night and get that elusive title shot? Here are some reasons you should root for him to do exactly that.

Beating a Brazilian in the Main Event in Brazil

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    This sounds like we don't like the people of Brazil, but that isn't the case at all. This is the fifth UFC show to take place in Brazil. A Brazilian has been in the main event of each show and the only non-Brazilian to win in the first four shows was Rich Franklin, who defeated Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147 last June.

    If Bisping can defeat Belfort in Brazil, he would earn more respect from the MMA world. That would be due to the fact Bising went into hostile territory in Brazil and defeated one of the most popular athletes in the country.

Stability in the Middleweight Division

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    A lot has been made of the challengers to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's crown.

    "The Spider" has defeated fighters like Vitor Belfort, Yushin Okami, Chael Sonnen and Rich Franklin.

    People have said that Silva has started to run out of opponents at 185 pounds. A couple of contenders have lost recently, like Tim Boetsch and Alan Belcher losing at UFC 155 last month. The only other top contender who is worthy of facing Silva is Chris Weidman, but he is still injured. A timetable hasn't been set for Weidman's return.

    If Bisping gets by Belfort tomorrow night, he gets the title shot at Silva and we will have some stability in the middleweight division.

Anderson Silva

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    Michael Bisping has had two opportunities to get a crack at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. He lost to Dan Henderson at UFC 100 and Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2.

    A title shot is looming once again for Bisping. This time, though, "The Count" has to head to Brazil and face Vitor Belfort.

    The fight with Silva would be one of the biggest fights of 2013 at the gate with Bisping knowing how to sell a fight and Silva just being Silva.

    Fans around the world have been clamoring for this fight. We are now only one day away from finding out if it will finally happen.