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Michael Bisping Discusses His #1 Contender’s Bout With Vitor Belfort

January 18, 2013 | Posted by Larry Csonka

- Michael Bisping recently spoke about his bout with Vitor Belfort this weekend. Here are the highlights…

On Fighting For a Title Shot: “I’ve been in No. 1 contender matchups before, and I lost them. But I truly believe those things happened for a reason. I’m certainly a better fighter than I was back then. Maybe if I had won those fights and fought for the title back then, I would have lost. Now I won’t.”

On Why He is a Better Fighter Now: “Experience has taught me to focus on what I’m going to do and not what my opponent is going to do,” Bisping said. “I used to do that early on my UFC career, and you don’t perform to the best of your ability. So for this fight, I’ve worked hard on my boxing, on my kickboxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and just tried to take my skill set to another level. I’ve done that. I’m certainly physically better than I’ve ever been, mentally better than I’ve ever been. My skill set is there.”

Is He Looking Past Vitor Belfort?: “I’d be a fool to look past Vitor Belfort,” Bisping said. “He’s a very, very tough opponent. If I beat him, I do get to fight Anderson, but I can’t think about that right now. I’m just thinking about Vitor.”

On His Goal: “I’m ready for this fight,” Bisping said. “Every minute of every round, I’m going to be trying to finish Vitor. I’ve got more desire in my heart and will to win than any man in this world. I plan on winning on Saturday night, and I plan on taking the title from Anderson later this year.”

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