"It was a very well matched fight. I think that Belfort has what it takes to knock out Bisping in the first two rounds of the fight. Three to five rounds, I think Bisping swallows Vitor. One of the good things of Vitor is his 'cardio,' he is very fast, he gives blows in sequence, but can tire. And the Englishman talks a lot, but also trains a lot, be prepared. Belfort only gave a sprint against Jones there in the third round. Had that been given in the first, then he would have won. You have to find the distance and try to knock him out. But if the fight goes on, I think it will be getting better for Bisping." - Wanderlei Silva via PVT
According to UFC president Dana White, the bout could potentially determine the next contender for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva if Bisping is able to come out on top.
However, standing in his way is the athletic and powerful Belfort, whose striking power has been well documented in the past.
Since rejoining the UFC in 2009, all but one of Belfort's victories have come via knockout in the first round. His only victory that didn't come via knockout was against Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 who Belfort defeated via submission in the first round.
However, Belfort has always been criticized for his lack of cardio inside the cage, something that the former light-heavyweight champion has been working on extensively with his new camp, the Blackzilians in South Florida.
Recently, Belfort wife Joana Prado, released a picture via instagram showing Belfort weighting in at 198.4 lbs, just 12 lbs off of the middleweight division weight limit, which is a very good sign for the former Brazilian champion: