Originally Posted by Fedorlei Gomipierre
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'm the first to say Vitor has been overrated but I think you're really underestimating how different Vitor looked tonight. He's learned to pace himself, he's throwing effective kicks. His attack is more varied and paced; and it doesn't look like he's just uncomfortably waiting to attack when his opponent circles.
Bisping was in the cage with someone different than the man he prepared for. Someone who seemed more unpredictable, seemed less likely to gas from the circling game, and someone who's always dangerous in a clinch while he's fresh.
I'm surprised, but Vitor is evolving. It's a fun ride