This is at the same time both very surprising and par for the course. Vitor's win rided on his striking ability in the first ten minutes while he was fresh and he nailed it. That said, I REALLY thought Bisping would've fought a lot more conservatively and was shocked that he was so eager to simply kickbox with Vitor for the first round, which almost cost him then. Going into the second, I have no idea why Bisping didn't look to shoot or clinch Vitor, the gameplan was always "weigh on Vitor, drain Vitor, then pick him apart by riding your bike", I'm somewhat perplexed as to what the hell Bisping was intending with his approach, he was getting backed up immediately starting the in the second and his footwork was starting to get a little less lateral and he looked lost.
I expected Bisping to gameplan Vitor to a decision, but as we all said, it was Vitor's to lose within the first two rounds and he delivered.
NOW, we have to see Bisping get fed a bunch of low teen to 20ish ranked MWs for the next few years until he gets built back up to fight another top ten fighter, at which point, he will lose again. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Bisping is a very good fighter in almost every aspect and when he fights smart and safe, he can decision some very good fighters at MW....but much like Forrest Griffin in most of his heyday, I think that Bisping isn't an elite level fighter and is more of a "star attraction" than a , long-term top caliber challenger. Once again, Bisping is given the opportunity to prove he's top ten, and he loses, giving him HOW MANY TOP TEN WINS?
Bisping/Franklin would be a smart next move for a big name and relatively safe "bounceback" main event for a Fuel card.
As for Vitor, I don't think much of him and don't see him beating Weidman or Anderson anytime soon. Rockhold or Jacare would be smart matchups, but I kinda got the feeling as though maybe Chael won't be fighting Bones once the reality show is over.
MY MMA RANKINGS
HW Velasquez Cigano Werdum Cormier Bigfoot Barnett Mir Browne
LHW Jones Machida Evans Hendo Davis Goose Teixeira Shogun Mousasi Bader
MW ASilva Rockhold Belfort Weidman Jacare Okami Kennedy Consta Belcher Boetsch
WW GSP Hendricks Condit MacDonald Diaz Maia Fitch Kampmann Ellenberger Pyle
LW Bendo Alvarez Maynard Melendez Thomson J.Miller Diaz Pettis Chandler Grant dos Anjos
FW Aldo Mendes Curran Lamas Frankie Zombie
BW Cruz Barao Fernandes Faber Moraes