Vitor Belfort looks down on trash talking opponents. He has made that fairly clear when describing the unofficial warrior code. Not only does he feel that it's disrespectful, but he acknowledges the effect that words can have on a fight.
"Words are so powerful they can penetrate peoples heart and create a very bad foundation."
Michael Bisping just so happens to be one of the most effective trash talkers in the business today. Not only does "The Count" get under your skin, but he finds your buttons and pushes whatever he knows will drive you up a wall.
At the weigh-in for UFC on FX 7, Bisping hit below the belt when he exclaimed to Belfort, "There's no Jesus!" during their stare down.
This was a very personal attack for Belfort, who has fully embraced Christ as his personal savior and makes no qualms about sharing that faith with others.
Does Belfort recognize this as game playing on the part of Bisping? Or, will he allow it to eat at his mindset, fill him with rage and force him to fight with a clouded or distorted mindset?