Michael Bisping vs Alan Belcher Slated for UFC 159 Co-Headliner
Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher Slated For UFC 159 Co-Headliner
Yea I definitely called this match up after Bisping lost to Vitor. Both he and Belcher were in that #1 contender category at middleweight. I really can't call this fight. Makes sense and should be a good one. Kudos.
A middleweight tilt between division standouts Michael Bisping (23-5) and Alan Belcher (18-7) will co-headline April's UFC 159.
ESPN.com confirmed the booking with UFC officials on Wednesday.
UFC 159 takes place on April 27 at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center and airs live on pay-per-view. In the main event, reigning light heavyweight champ Jon Jones will look to defend his crown against ex-middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen. Additional bouts include Roy Nelson taking on Cheick Kongo, Vinny Magalhaes locking horns with Phil Davis, and Jim Miller facing Pat Healy.
Bisping recently had his dreams of a title shot cut short — at least for now — after suffering a vicious knockout to Vitor Belfort earlier this month. The British standout had won five of his last six prior to the loss, including victories over Brian Stann and Jason "Mayhem" Miller.
Belcher too will look to get back on the winning track after coming up short on points to Yushin Okami last month. The defeat snapped a four-fight win streak for "The Talent", which included stoppages of Patrick Cote, Jason MacDonald and Rousimar Palhares.
Co-main event set for UFC 159
Michael Bisping will face Alan Belcher in co-main event at UFC 159 - ESPN
A middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher will serve as the co-main event for UFC 159 on April 27 in Newark, N.J.
UFC officials confirmed the 185-pound contest to ESPN.com. A light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen will headline the event.
Both fighters will look to get back into title contention following recent losses. Bisping (23-5) lost a guaranteed title shot against Anderson Silva when he suffered a second-round knockout loss to Vitor Belfort earlier this year.
The Brit had won five of his last six prior to the loss. Bisping holds an overall record of 13-5 in the Octagon. He has never fought for a UFC title.
Belcher (18-7) had also been a strong No. 1 contender candidate before dropping a unanimous decision to Yushin Okami at UFC 155 in December. The 28-year-old had put together a four-fight win streak ahead of the loss that included three first-round stoppages.
UFC officials have previously announced a heavyweight fight between Roy Nelson and Cheick Kongo, a lightweight bout between Jim Miller and Pat Healy and a light heavyweight contest between Phil Davis and Vinny Magalhaes for UFC 159.