UFC officials confirmed today that Middleweights Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher will indeed collide in the co-main event of UFC 159 on April 27th. The two had been on a roll as of late until recently, as Bisping lost to Vitor Belfort two weeks ago and Belcher went down to Yushin Okami at UFC 155.
Prior to those two losses, both Bisping and Belcher were rumored as possible contenders to Anderson Silva‘s title. But the two had their momentum derailed, and will now find themselves in a fight that has been discussed for some time now. Belcher was seen in interviews prior to UFC 155 stating that he wanted to face Bisping if Vitor Belfort dropped out.
However, Belfort did not drop out, instead knocking Bisping out with an emphatic headkick in the second. It may have been non-circumstantial anyhow, as Belcher had already lost to Okami. Regardless, the two will look to get back on track April 27th, serving as the lead-in to the title fight between Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones.
Another fight was added to the card today as well, one where Lightweight contender Jim Miller will welcome former Strikeforce fighter Pat Healy to the Octagon. It will be an extremely tough test for Healy in his first UFC bout, but an unlikely win would find him riding a ton of momentum already. Miller of course comes in off of his stunning (and bloody) victory over Joe Lauzon, also at UFC 155.
UFC 159 is shaping up to be a great card, so stay tuned to Lowkick for more coverage of the fights as they unfold.