Michael Bisping (23-4) and Vitor Belfort (21-10) were relatively friendly leading up their meeting later today. Then at the press conference, Belfort placed his fist on Bisping’s chin during a photo opportunity and any respect the two had was thrown out the window.
Bisping recently questioned Belfort’s alleged TRT usage and wondered if that played a factor in the recent change of attitude.
“Do I have to bring my mouthpiece [to the weigh-ins]” said Bisping to ESPN. “Can he control himself? Is roid-rage going to kick in? Is TRT an issue? Are his levels elevated? I think so.”
Belfort has not confirmed or denied that he uses TRT.
Bisping vs. Belfort headlines UFC on FX later in the day from the Ibirapuera Arena in Brazil, with the main card starting at 9 p.m. UFC president Dana White said a win for Bisping would put him in the middleweight title picture. FightLine.com will have coverage from the first UFC show of 2013.