Michael Bisping has made it not secret that he despises Vitor Belfort, so, did the UFC’s former middleweight champ enjoy watching Lyoto Machida put away Vitor Belfort? Yes, and maybe even more than you think…
Bisping faced Belfort back in 2013, and was taken out with a head kick and punches in round two. In recent years, the British star has repeatedly trashed Belfort for his well documented use of testosterone-replacement-therapy, which Bisping believes was a work around for “The Phenom” to cheat.
Well, Belfort’s career came to a thunderous end (or that’s the expectation, sort of…) last weekend at UFC 224, as Machida bombed out his fellow Brazilian with a vicious front kick to the jaw. During the latest “Believe You Me” podcast, Bisping discussed Belfort’s loss, and not surprisingly, the rugged vet took the opportunity to blast his rival again (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“It’s very satisfying to see him lose if I’m honest,” Bisping said. “I don’t care for the guy. I think he’s built a career off being a cheat. The amount of insane steroids that he’s done over his life, over his career, is evident to see. I mean you go back and look at him in his early career, the guy was insanely jacked. When we fought he was insanely jacked, and now you look at him and he looks like a f**king beat up old man, and he’s getting knocked out like so and he’s performing like so. When he was juiced out of his mind, [he was] just f**king tearing through everybody.”
“…The guy’s a cheat, the guy has no honor. I would have loved to have been the person to do that, but it’s kind of still enjoyable to see him get what he deserves because he’s gone out and done that to many people and caused injuries. He f**ked up my eyeball, he’s the one to blame for that, so yeah. God bless Machida. Job well done.”
Of course, Belfort and his supporters likely would take issue with much of, or all of what was said here. What’s kind of unfortunate, however, is that these two never got to fight again. Belfort pushed for a rematch more recently, but Bisping has said he wants his final bout to be with someone he doesn’t loathe.
Machida, it should be noted, has also been calling for a fight with Bisping. Could that happen?