The brass ring was there, hanging right above the head of middleweight contender Michael Bisping. Alas, while he was reaching for that brass ring, he missed the high kick that Vitor Belfort used to drop him to the ground.
With that kick, the title shot against UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva that Bisping has been asking for at every opportunity over the past few years went up in smoke.
The Belfort victory also sent the UFC’s middleweight division into disarray. If only Bisping would have won, everything would have fallen in place so nicely. But when was the last time things went nice and easy for the UFC?
The thinking going into the fight was that if it went past the first round, the odds of Bisping walking away with a victory would increase exponentially. That thinking proved to be very, very flawed, though, as a very confident Belfort walked out in the second round and bloodied Bipsing’s nose early.
The end came shortly thereafter. A high kick, very similar to the kick that had rocked Bisping late in the first round, dropped him in the second, opening the door for several strikes on the ground, which brought the referee in to bring an end to the goings-on.
It’s hard to know who Anderson Silva's next opponent will be, but one thing is for certain: Bisping's loss to Belfort will bring an end to his incessant call outs of the middleweight champion.