Reports surfaced late last week stating that former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort would rematch in the main event of UFC Fight Night London.
Bisping has since denied the reports and Belfort has taken to Instagram to share his thoughts on the now canned bout.
What a shame @mikebisping !!! @ufc just informed me that you have declined the fight. I understand you are scared. The images above pretty much explain it all... So stop pretending that you are tough and just admit that you are afraid. And I thought you were man enough to step up in the octagon with me again, my mistake... unfortunately looks like we will not be delivering to the fans the fight they want to see... Happy retirement, you must be feeling amazing leaving the sport thru the back door... To be a legend is not to everyone! Que vergonha @mikebisping !!! O @ufc acabou de me dizer q vc recusou a luta. Eu entendo que vc está com medo. As imagens acima meio que explicam tudo... Então para de fingir que é durão e admite que está com medo. E eu pensei que fosse homem suficiente para subir no octógono comigo outra vez, me enganei... Infelizmente parece que não iremos dar aos fãs a luta que eles querem... Feliz aposentadoria, vc deve estar muito feliz por deixar o esporte pela porta dos fundos... Se tornar uma lenda, realmente não é para qualquer um.. #teambelfort
The two first met back at UFC On FX 7 in January 2013 and Belfort walked away with a TKO victory on that night.
In his response to the claims made by Belfort, a soon to be retiring Bisping says that his retirement bout shouldn’t come against a known cheater.
“I may or may not have one more fight,” Bisping said on Believe You Me. “So here’s the thing. I don’t like Vitor Belfort. People looking at this video are probably saying, ‘Look at his eye, he’s a f**king mess.’ It is part of the reason why I never wanted to do a video podcast before, because my eye is a mess and it was Vitor Belfort that did it and he was roided out of his mind. He’s a known drug cheat. I don’t like the guy. I find him to be a hypocrite. It’s his last fight and he’s probably going to juice like crazy again anyway because who gives a f**k. ‘Oooh, I failed. So what? Retired. Done. Gone.’”
There is now less than two months to go before UFC Fight Night London and the show doesn’t have a main event as of yet.