Middleweights Michael Bisping, Alan Belcher Tapped for UFC 159 Co-Main Event
World-ranked middleweights Michael
will collide in the UFC
co-headliner, UFC officials announced Wednesday.
The April 27 event takes place at Prudential Center in Newark,
N.J., and is headlined by a light heavyweight title collision
between Jon Jones and
Sonnen. The evening’s main card airs live on pay-per-view,
while FX and Facebook will broadcast the preliminary card.
Bisping, 33, saw his hopes at a title shot dashed by Vitor
Belfort in his most recent outing, as “The Count” was knocked
out by Belfort in the second round of their UFC on FX 7 clash on
Jan. 19. Bisping has lost just twice in his last seven outings,
with his other defeat coming to Sonnen in a hard-fought three-round
contest one year ago. Prior to his loss to Belfort, the Brit closed
out 2012 with a unanimous decision victory over ex-WEC titleholder
Five years younger than his foe, Belcher saw a four-fight winning
streak snapped in his most recent outing, falling via unanimous
decision to Yushin Okami
one month ago at UFC 155. “The Talent” returned from eye surgery in
2011 after spending 16 months on the shelf, scoring a first-round
finish over Canadian veteran Jason
MacDonald that September before doing the same to Brazilian leg
lock specialist Rousimar
Palhares this past May.
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