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.
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