The always vocal Chael Sonnen (27-12-1) has no problem giving his pick for the upcoming Michael Bisping (23-4) vs. Vitor Belfort (21-10) meeting. Sonnen looks at Belfort’s lack of endurance as what will dictate the fight.
“Everyone has the same strategy against Belfort: survive the first five minutes, during which he is one of the most dangerous strikers who entered the Octagon,” said Sonnen to TATAME. “There will be three or four very uncomfortable minutes for Bisping.”
Sonnen has challenged Bisping once in his career. That came at UFC on FOX, in early 2012, in a fight which saw Sonnen advance to his second middleweight title opportunity. Since that defeat, Bisping has comeback with one win. Belfort last competed inside the Octagon when he was unsuccessful in challenging Jon Jones (17-1) for the light heavyweight championship. Belfort’s return will mark another year for him with the UFC, after he joined the promotion 16 years ago. 11 of his UFC fights have ended in the first round.
“If Bisping reaches the third round, Vitor will have a very painful experience,” said Sonnen. “Bisping just cannot get enough. Bisping can win in the third or fourth round.”
Bisping vs. Belfort headlines UFC on FX this Saturday, January 19. The main event will be five rounds and comes from the Ibirapuera Arena in Brazil. Bisping has never had a fight scheduled longer than three rounds and Belfort has made it to the fourth round once in his career.