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Bisping wants Belfort clash to be for interim belt

ESPN staff
November 13, 2012
Michael Bisping wants his clash with Vitor Belfort to be an interim title fight © Getty Images

Michael Bisping is trying to add extra spice to his showdown with Vitor Belfort by claiming they should be fighting for the middleweight interim belt at UFC on FX 7.

With incumbent champion Anderson Silva eyeing a break to pursue an acting career, Bisping says he and Belfort should go head-to-head in January for the interim 185-pound title if Silva is unwilling to defend his belt on a regular basis.

Bisping took to Twitter on Monday to put the theory to UFC president Dana White. "If Anderson wants to take time off to be a movie star make me and Vitor for the interim title?" Bisping asked.

Silva's next fight looks set to be a hotly-anticipated superfight with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, providing the Canadian beats Carlos Condit at UFC 154.

Silva has already said he would be happy for the UFC to create an interim belt in his absence.

"If the UFC wants to make an interim belt while I am away, it is up to them," Silva told GloboEsporte.com, translated by Fighters Only. "I don't know if it will have any meaning but they can do whatever they want. I am in a comfort zone, so I am not concerned about it."

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