UFC middleweight top contender Michael “The Count” Bisping (23-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) was shocked when he showed up for the UFC on FX 7 open workouts earlier this week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to “The Count”, the Brazilian fans in attendance asked him to ‘kill’ Vitor Belfort (21-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC) on fight night.
The following comes from the Brit’s official blog via Yahoo! Sports:
“At the open workouts earlier today, I had fans coming up to me saying ‘I hope you kill that mother-[expletive]’ and ‘We can’t stand that guy!’ I’ve got it on video; it really took me by surprise. He’s obviously got his fans – and I expect I will be booed like it is UFC 100 again on Saturday night – but a lot of people here in Brazil have no time for Vitor Belfort. I don’t know for sure whether it was because he fought Anderson Silva and Anderson is like a god down here, or whether the Brazilians are just like English people in that they can’t stand holier than thou attitudes. I’ll conduct a little research and let you know, but it is one of the two, I’m sure. As you can probably tell, I’m in full ‘fight mode’ now. I like to fight angry, to have a lot of emotion and ill-will towards my opponent. I fight better like that for some reason, and I am advanced enough in my career to be able to generate that mood for myself regardless of my opponent. I guess it’s a little strange, and maybe not psychologically healthy, but I take any little slight or comment by my opponent and magnify that 1000 times until I feel like my opponent is the worst example of humanity on Earth and the fight is very, very personal.”
Whether or not the Brazilian fans will actually be on Bisping’s side come fight night remains to be seen, but we are just over 48 hours away from finding out.
Who will you be rooting for in this one? Let’s hear it Penn nation!