Vitor Belfort capped off the UFC on FX 7 action in a big way Saturday night, scoring a decisive second-round TKO victory over Michael Bisping, who once again fell just short of earning himself a crack at UFC gold.
It wasn't the Brazilian's fabled hands that did his foe in this time, but rather his legs. A head-kick signified the beginning of the end for Bisping, and closed out the event in memorable fashion.
What we'll remember about this fight:
The finish. Not only was it a beauty, but aside from the other head-kick Belfort landed near the end of Round 1, it was really the only exciting moment of the fight.
Alternatively, we may also remember the match as Bisping's latest unsuccessful attempt at taking that next step in his career.
What we learned about Belfort:
He's more than just a pair of fast hands. Those head-kicks he landed had some thud behind them. He also looked very composed throughout the action.
We also learned that his return to middleweight is cause for fear among Belfort's 185-pound colleagues. That was quite a performance, considering the talent level of his opponent.
What we learned about Bisping:
He just can't seem to win those title eliminators. I won't say he choked, because every time he loses it's to a tough opponent, but he's got to be frustrated coming within one win of a title shot only to be sent scrambling back down the ladder.
We also learned that Bisping, known as a cocky fighter, can be a very humble guy. His post-fight interview was pure class.
What's next for Belfort:
He's delusional if he truly believes there's any chance the UFC scraps Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen to give him a rematch with "Bones," as he requested after the match.
I'd say Chris Weidman makes more sense.
What's next for Bisping:
A tussle with Alan Belcher would be sensible. Otherwise, Costa Philippou.