Michael Bisping was close to a UFC middleweight championship shot after so many years in the promotion. Then Vitor Belfort ended those dreams at January’s FX show with a second round TKO after a kick to the head followed by some quick shots.
While no longer in the title picture, Bisping is ready to regroup as he looks to get back in the hunt when he fights Alan Belcher.
“Losing is not an option,” said Bisping. “I’ve come too far in my career for it all to go wrong now. I ain’t going away. I want to be world champion and I’m not giving up and I need redemption for my last fight.”
It was the second time in one year that Bisping missed out in a title eliminator bout. He was defeated by Chael Sonnen in January of last year.
Belcher had a four fight win streak, despite not competing that frequently due to injuries, before Yushin Okami took a decision at UFC 155 in December. It was his first loss in three years.
They are the co-main event of UFC 159 from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. That’s on April 27.