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Alan Belcher wants in on the Michael Bisping sweepstakes

A day after Brian Stann came forward to proclaim his interest in a bout with Michael Bisping, fellow UFC middleweight Alan Belcher’s camp released a statement explaining “The Talent” not only wants to battle Bisping but has already received a phone call from UFC brass in relation to the rumble.

“Michael Bisping mentioned that he would like to fight Alan Belcher. Alan accepts! (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva called,” wrote Duke Roufus on The Underground. The 28-year old Belcher has been a longtime staple at Roufus’ gym in Milwaukee.

Bisping pointed to Belcher as a potential future opponent on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight, expressing a willingness to finally give in to the 18-6 competitor’s past attempts to call him out.

Belcher has emerged with his hand raised in four straight fights including a May TKO of Rousimar Palhares in the opening round of action. Comparably, the 22-4 Bisping is coming off a loss to Chael Sonnen albeit a decision many observers felt he deserved the win in.

No date was linked to the bout though September 22 at UFC 152 seems likely at this point based on recent statements from the Bisping targeting the event for his return from knee surgery.


  • stone says:

    I’ve been wanting to see Belcher beat this guy’s ass for years…. This would be a perfect fight for Belcher to win and become the #1 contender

  • Rece Rock says:

    Stann might just get the fight based soley upon marketing value of the match up…

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Two solid matches waithing for Bisping, I think he beats Stann for sure, but Belcher is a bit tougher because he has more tools to win.

  • Angry Mike says:

    What does it say about Bisping when everybody wants fight him, and nobody seems to be ducking him? Could it be that “The Count” is perceived as “The Cupcake?”

  • Lord Faust says:

    Well, everyone as of late has either called him a point-fighter or “pillow-fisted”…

  • stone says:

    everyone wants to fight Bisping because for some odd reason people think he’s 3rd place in the division,… Chael & Anderson aren’t going to fight again til maybe November

  • Creature says:

    I think either man beats Bisping honestly, but like i posted in the Stann thread id much rather see Belcher take him on. Aside from Franklin, Belcher is prolly my favorite MW fighter and ive always thought he was overlooked and didnt get enough attention, glad to see him finally get the opponents he deserves.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Bisping is a tall order. We can critique him about some of his boorish antics and conservative fighting style, but he narrowly lost to the current #1 contender and has looked good at middleweight — aside from literally walking into Hendo’s legendary Big Right-Hand(tm).

    I actually like Bisping and think he gets undersold a lot; he’s an intelligent, hard-working fighter with a good chin and consistently improving wrestling and striking. (His main issue is, lately he’s started off slowly and usually gets his striking rhythm down in the second round.)

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Everones calling bisping out because they have a good chance getting a w with little damage and no chance of getting knocked out.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Good chance getting a win = 22-4 record, only been finished once in his career, only career losses to Henderson/Wanderlei Silva/Rashad Evans/Chael Sonnen (who most would argue he beat), eighteen finishes in 22 wins?

    It’s fine to dislike a fighter but be real.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Ill give him credit for 4 of his wins which were not top class opponents like title holder status. All 4 of his losses are to guys who had more title fights bisping will ever get which tells me he wont be champ anytime soon. Hes a great point fighter and I dont dislike bisping but hes he wont hold a title anytime soon with the type of guys calling him out these guys will beat him.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    But Belcher, who lost to Akiyama and Kendall Grove, has a “good chance”? The guy whose biggest win before Palhares came against Patrick Cote or maybe Ed Herman?

    Or you meant Stann whose biggest win is against Chris Leben and who got smashed by Sonnen?

    Again, it’s fine to dislike a fighter but be real.

  • Belcher is a HUGE middleweight and since his loss to Akiyama(3 years ago) he has DESTROYED everyone he’s gotten in the octagon with with no one making it out of the second round. Kids comin into his own and I think this is the logical next step for him. Stylistically this is a good fight for him as he’s a much faster starter than Bisping.
    If any combination of these 3 guys(Stann Belcher Bisping) fight each other I’ll be happy

  • MCM says:

    So, most people will argue that Bisping beat Chael, but most Won’t argue that Belcher beat Akiyama? Come on Brendhan, you know better than that.
    I won’t argue that Bisping is a top 5 fighter, but he’s NEVER beaten anyone in the top 10, and all his KO/TKO’s in the UFC are to guys that are either no longer with the company or no longer fight period. Bisping has only fought competition ranked out of the bottom 20 four times….and they happen to be his four losses.
    I’d rather see Bisping fight Stann cause it makes more sense rankings wise, but I see all three of them having a 50/50 chance of winning against each other.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    I think 50/50 is fair. I’m just making the point that Bisping is not an easy draw and Belcher/Stann haven’t proven themselves to be superior to him by any means.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I almost always agree with Superdave, but to say Belcher is faster than Bisping is just crazy, no way Belcher is faster, maybe kicking yes but not hand speed.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    dammit I didnt read you post right, never mind as usual I agree with you.


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