Hey Sherdogers, This thread has a simple premise: imagine you were the head coach of Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort in this coming Saturday's main event. What would you advise your fighter to do and what would you warn them to watch out for? I'll start with Michael Bisping. Bisping seems to lack the KO power of a Belfort or Silva at middleweight. For this reason, I would caution him from trying to turn this into a brawl. He has clean, crisp kickboxing and can definitely handle himself on his feet. I would advise him, however, to watch out for a first round blitz from Belfort and if and when this happens, to clinch, and push the Brazilian against the cage. For the first half of the first round, it is imperative that he sap the limited cardio of Belfort by putting his weight against him on the cage. Following some knees to the legs and some clinchwork, I would have Bisping use his wrestling to smother Belfort on the ground. Here I would advise him to stay in side control and watch for any passes or attempts at submissions. In the second and third rounds, I would have Bisping to continue using his wrestling and clinchwork to wear down Belfort's cardio. After the first round, probably halfway through the second, Bisping will be able to strike at a greater volume and win the match by decision. Vitor Belfort needs to look out for a disciplined game plan from Bisping, including his vastly improved wrestling. I would have him focus on wrestling defence in particular, with some emphasis on clinchwork. If possible, I would have him blitz Bisping in the first, getting in some dangerous pocket exchanges that could lead to a left hook knockout from Belfort. It's imperative that Belfort avoid the takedown and stay on the outside, circling from the cage. For this to happen, Belfort should use his footwork and jab to maintain a proper distance from Bisping, then shoot in for a quick pocket exchange and then back out again. Again, it's critical that Belfort damage Bisping significantly in the first round, if not land the KO/TKO. I think Bisping has the smartest, most disciplined game plan of all middleweights and will outpoint Belfort in the long run. Likewise, if the match goes to the ground I would advise a very limited pursuit of submissions, as being kept on the ground will mostly likely end with Belfort's cardio being quickly exhausted and Bisping higher on the scorecards. Your take?