Over the past few months UFC middleweight Michael Bisping has talked a big game about deserving a shot at champion Anderson Silva, viewing upcoming opponent Vitor Belfort as little more than a hard-hitting, questionably-conditioned stepping stone. One divisional peer he wasn’t quite so confident about facing, however, is fellow contender Alan Belcher.
Belcher recently revealed Bisping had an opportunity to take a tilt with him earlier this year but opted for a different outing instead.
“He had the chance to fight me a while back, when he fought Brian Stann. That was between me and Brian Stann, and don’t let anybody lie to you, there was one person that made that decision and that was Michael Bisping,” said Belcher in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “It’s a big difference fighting me and Brian Stann, and he fought Brian Stann. That tells you one thing.”
Though Belcher’s hands are full at the moment with a match-up against Yushin Okami slated for this Saturday night at UFC 155, “The Talent” is aiming to escape the effort uninjured in hopes of making himself available for a tilt three weeks later in case a certain opportunity comes up.
“I’d love to fight him,” stated Belcher of Bisping. “If something happens with Vitor, I’ll be ready.”
The 18-6 Belcher has won six of his last seven fights including four straight and a razor thin Split Decision loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama the only thing standing in his way of a bigger streak. Comparatively, Bisping holds a career mark of 23-4 with success in five of six scraps with a similarly close outpointing as the lone blemish albeit to Chael Sonnen rather than Akiyama.
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC