UFC Middleweight Michael Bisping is only about 90 days removed from a vicious knockout loss to Vitor Belfort at UFC On FX 7. Early in the second round, Belfort landed a perfectly placed headkick that dropped The Count and once again tore away his opportunity at a title shot. But that didn't stop Bisping from accepting a fight against Alan Belcher just 10 days later.
As expected, neither of the two 185 lbers have been quiet about their disdain for the other. From YouTube videos about bets to exchanges on social media, both Bisping and Belcher have been very vocal. MMA Weekly reported his most recent statements on the matchup:
Well, obviously it draws me back in the win column. It eradicates my last loss. You’re only as good as your last fight and my last fight was a loss. And I don’t take that too well. I want to win fights. I’m a natural competitor. A win over Alan Belcher puts me back in the win column. As I say, I get redemption for my last fight. It’s a win over a Top 10 opponent.
A win over me for Alan Belcher will be by far the biggest win of his pathetic career
Hey bro, I ain’t going to lose to you, man. It’s in the bag. All I got to do is – it’s a formality. I just got to show up, slap your little face, take my check and go home.
It's far from unusual for Bisping to be supremely confident heading into a fight. We'll find out this Saturday at UFC 159 if he can outclass "The Talent" like he says. The event takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ with Jon Jones defending his Light Heavyweight title against Chael Sonnen in the headlining bout.