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UFC 159: Alan Belcher Vs. Michael Bisping

Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping

We return to our “grudge matches” next, as Alan Belcher (18-7) takes on Michael Bisping (24-5). This one has been brewing for some five years, and has made for several interesting face-offs in the past couple of days. The referee will be Herb Dean. Belcher’s ankle wraps were cut off prior to the start inside the Octagon.

Round 1: A nice, heated face-off as the ref gave final instructions. This should be good. Belcher in his southpaw stance. lands a side-kick to the thigh. Bisping controlling the action, landing a nice combo inside. Knee to the body by Bisping connects, and Belcher lands a right. Bisping hits with a left and a right follow-up, as Belcher appears to be a little slow. Just like that, Belcher lands a right that stops Bisping for a brief moment.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bisping

Round 2: Belcher appears a little more loose to start this round, coming right out after Bisping. Quick jabs by Bisping are the first blows to land, though, as he continues to avoid any serious damage. Right lands by Bisping, who is picking Belcher apart through the first two minutes of this round. Belcher misses and Bisping counters, pretty much what this one has been so far. Belcher finally lands, hitting a right, and Bisping answers. Overhand right from “The Count” and a left hook that stuns Belcher. Strong close to the round by “The Talent,” as he lands a handful of rights.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bisping

Round 3: Belcher’s corner told him to go out and lay it out there, or lose a decision, and so far, Belcher is firing off big shots. Bisping with an overhand right after the two laugh at an exchange of kicks. Under two minutes left and Belcher just doesn’t appear to have anything for Bisping, who fires off a quick combo. Another big right tags Belcher, who continues to hear it from his corner to do something. Belcher takes an eye poke and immediately drops to the ground in pain. He’s had surgery for a detached retina in hte past and his eye is bleeding profusely. This one is likely over, as he can’t even open the right eye.

Michael Bisping def. Alan Belcher via technical decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)