Vitor Belfort won’t be fighting Michael Bisping on March 17.
The UFC considered booking a rematch between the former champions at UFC London after Uriah Hall as forced out of a fight with “The Phenom” at UFC St. Louis on Sunday, but “The Count” has voiced his desire to “not be associated” with Belfort again.
Bisping lost to Belfort via second-round TKO in 2013. Bisping suffered a detached retina in the process of losing to Belfort, who was on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) back then.
The Brazilian was urging Bisping to accept a rematch so they could face each other in their retirement bouts in London, but Bisping went on his podcast to say there was a “zero percent chance” he would fight “The Phenom” in London.
Belfort wasted no time firing back on his social media.
”What a shame, Bisping,” Belfort wrote. “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!”
The UFC has yet to announce a main event for UFC London.