Steroids in MMA
Which MMA Fighter Will Test Positive For Steroids Next?

Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher Booked for UFC 159 Co-Main Event

(Well that is just *completely* out of character. / Photo via Esther Lin/

As first reported by ESPN, the UFC 159 light-heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen will be supported by a middleweight co-main event between Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher.

Both fighters are coming off of losses that set them back in the 185-pound pecking order. Bisping was recently knocked out by Vitor Belfort in Brazil, while Belcher — who has been calling for a fight against the Count since last May — saw his four-fight win streak come to an end via a unanimous decision loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 155. Following that fight, Bisping gleefully rubbed salt in Belcher’s wounds on his Yahoo! blog, writing:

Belcher lost every minute of every round in a fight so boring I was afraid my brain was going to melt and start to dribble out of my ears. It was like someone detonated a nuclear bomb of boredom in the arena — everyone in the seats around me was playing Angry Birds. What delusions of grandeur Belcher has. This is a guy who didn’t fight for a year after giving himself career-threatening eye-strain by watching too much internet porn, and he thinks he’s god’s gift to MMA…This is a guy who got his arse kicked by two guys I smashed (Yoshihiro Akiyama and Jason Day) but he thinks he can not only beat me on a couple weeks’ training, but also assumed he was getting passed Okami, who is not to be underestimated. Anyway, now we don’t have to listen to this guy anymore. Back to the undercard, sunshine!

Now, Bisping is fighting the very same man he just cursed to an eternity of curtain-jerking. That might be a tough pill to swallow, but Mike actually seems okay with the booking, tweeting today:

Ok I’m back in ASAP like I wanted. To eradicate the mistake I made last week. April 27th vs belcher. Back on track!! Make no mistake!

And so, the dependable cycle of Bisping beating a string of mid-level middleweights before falling short when a title shot is on the line begins once again. Does anybody think Belcher can pull off an upset here?

UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen goes down April 27th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and will also feature Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo, Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy, and Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes.

Cagepotato Comments

Showing 1-25 of comments

Sort by : Show hidden comments
hezekiahkeane- February 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm
just before I looked at the paycheck four $7790, I did not believe sister woz like they say realie erning money part-time at there computar.. there great aunt has been doing this 4 only about 10 months and resantly cleared the loans on their condo and bought a new Bugatti Veyron. I went here,--
Mr_Misanthropy- January 30, 2013 at 6:08 pm
Pissbing better get ready to get molested by fat Johnny Cash.
Thumblaster- January 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm
I would think belcher would be favored the only reason okami beat belcher was by holding him down mounting him not doing anything agressive to try and finish the fight other than not let belcher to his feet . Bisbing won't do that and I see bisping getting caught and dropped. I have done a terrible job of picking fights recently so fuck it .
ArmFarmer- January 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm
Hassium, since when is Bisping a wrestling ace? I don't think his grappling game is any better than Belchers.. they are both competent but not high level.
HassiumWitte- January 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm
If Belcher can keep this on his feet or if he can get on top of Bisping he will have a chance. Unfortunately his wrestling isn't improving fast enough (even training with Askren hasn't helped him) to keep this fight standing.
smellypiratehooker- January 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm
Kinda like how Vitor thought he could beat you and you assumed that you would get passed him to fight Anderson. Vitor is not a man to be underestimated. Back of the line again, sunshine.
ArmFarmer- January 30, 2013 at 11:32 am
Also.. a mistake is when you give up a fluke submission in a fight you're winning on the scorecards.. what happened to him was no mistake, it was a thorough ass beating...
ArmFarmer- January 30, 2013 at 11:30 am
Pull off the upset? I wasn't even assuming he would be favored...