So you're saying Bisping is a superior striker to Belfort? And how can you say that Bisping won't get KO'ed in the first? If you re-watch the fight, Silva wasn't exactly throwing haymakers at Belfort either, it's called respect. Silva knew what Belfort was capable of, and Belfort is capable of FAR more than Bisping is.
superior? No that's foolish. I can comfortably say that because of the way Bisping moves around trying to set up his combinations. Obviously anything can happen, like Silva catching Bisping coming in, but the striking style Bisping has coupled with the fact that Silva is a slow starter (doesn't start to turn it on until 4 min into round 1 as he calculates everything during this time) I'm confident in saying Bisping will last at least 1 round. Is that really so far out of reality?
Belfort's striking style is very aggressive and usually finishes his opponents in the first round. He changed his style in that fight and imo that wasn't a smart gameplan. You don't want Silva to get comfortable and find his range and timing, and with the speed and power Belfort has, he should have used it to his advantage
Weren't you one of the guys criticizing Condit's strategy of not standing in front of a great striker?
there is a difference between standing infront of someone, using angles and bouncing side-to-side and in-and-out, and throwing a leg kick then turning your back and running away