Michael Bisping Versus Alan Belcher Co-Headlining UFC 159
By FCF Staff
Hours removed from the news that Jim Miller will meet Pat Healy at UFC 159 on April 20th, the promotion has announced that a middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher will co-headine the show.
Bisping (23-5) is coming off a stoppage loss to Vitor Belfort earlier this month, which derailed the British fighter’s chances of meeting middleweight champ Anderson Silva next. Prior to the loss, Bisping had scored a unanimous decision win over Brian Stann in September and was 4-1 in his last five bouts.
Belcher (18-7) was also defeated in his last outing, as the noted striker dropped a unanimous decision to perennial contender Yushin Okami in December. Heading into the bout Belcher had scored consecutive wins over Patrick Cote, Jason MacDonald and Rousimar Palhares.
UFC 159 will be hosted by the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and will feature light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones versus Chael Sonnen in the main event.