Michael Bisping On Fight with Alan Belcher: “It’s in the Bag; It’s a Formality”

April 23, 2013
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Michael-Bisping-02_UFC110-460x270UFC middleweights Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher have been entangled in bitter war of words for months.  It’s no secret that the two men do not like each other.  They’ve gone at each other in interview after interview and they’ve engaged in insult exchanges on social media.

But the time for talking is nearly over.

The two meet in the UFC 159 co-main event on Saturday to settle their differences. Bisping believes there’s no way he can lose to Belcher.

“Health wise, going into this fight I’m fantastic.  Fighters train hard and we accumulate injuries over the years, but nothing that is going to stop me from destroying Alan Belcher come Saturday night,” said Bisping during a media conference call on Monday.

“I’ve got a great camp, feel fantastic.  Yes, as I said, all fighters kind of carry a couple of injuries here and there, but there’s nothing that’s going to hinder my performance and nothing on this planet that is going to help Alan Belcher.”

Bisping was on the cusp of earning a title shot in the 185-pound division, but was knocked out by Vitor Belfort in his last outing on Jan. 19. He hopes a win over Belcher will put him back in the title picture.

“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,” he said.

“And it gets me back in the mix for the title shot.  That’s what I want, and as long as there’s blood – sorry, life in my body – I will continue to try and get that title shot.  I’m a fighter.  I want to be the world champion, and I ain’t stopping until – as long as my body can do it, I’m going to keep trying,” said the 34-year-old Brit.

“A win over me for Alan Belcher will be by far the biggest win of his pathetic career,” he added, not believing in any way that it will happen.

Bisping’s confidence is high heading into the fight with Belcher.  On the call, he addressed Belcher directly, claiming the fight is all but over before it begins.

“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.”

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  • bajafox

    Hahahaha!! Can’t stand him but his trash talk getting closer and closer to the fight is second to none

    It’ll be well worth my money to see him lose Saturday night

  • Phael Sonnen

    OVERRATED. One fringe top 10 win (Brian Stann) over 6 years in the UFC. Dude needs a reality check.

    • Cereal Killer

      +1 A page out of my book!

  • Tiddy28

    My boy, Bisping, Let’s go son!

  • 28 Fights… 5 losses.. stopped twice. Doesn’t sound to bad. Guy deserves more respect. Big deal he does some trash talking, this is the fight game and that’s his personality. That fight with Chael was tough and I counted him out but he hung in that whole fight with a high level wrestler with great conditioning. Some people may not like his resume but the guys he fought were on a roll at some point or another in their careers and were veteran fighters. Some of us may not like the guy but let’s not try to take away what he’s accomplished in his pro fight career.

    • Sir_Roy

      I agree. Us lounge chair internet warriors find it far too easy to take a notch out of a fighter’s resume from the safety of our living rooms. Bisping’s had a respectable career and the time frame within which he’s faced some of those so-called ‘b-listers’ needs to be taken into consideration. There’s a lot to be said about ‘momentum’ in a fighter’s career.

      • Lucas Freire

        Maybe we gotta agree that he might the the #1 on the B-list. Of course we have to respect him as a fighter,but he has no record to be a stable top10 in my opinion. What are his greatest wins? A win against Akiyama or Jason Miller?
        I have the same doubts about Brian Stann. A top 10 fighter should defeat a top10 fighter to be among them,and not defeating 4 or 5 “b-listers”

        • Sir_Roy

          In a paper thin division, he’s the one most talked about regardless.

          • Lucas Freire

            Yeah,I have to consider this…But I hope that with the strikeforce breed,they give some meat to this division. I have high hopes on Jacaré.

      • This fight with Belcher should be a great fight. I’m not counting out Belcher at all though, that guy has some nasty kicks and is a big guy at MW. Bisping may have just gotten tko’d by Vitor but the last time I looked there’s no shame in being beaten by a veteran like Vitor Belfort.

    • Cereal Killer

      Give me a break. He beat Stann, who just got his ass kicked by unranked
      WANDERLEI and is somehow still ranked. Stann is a joke of a ranking along with Bisping. Bisping better hope he wins or I’m going to have a field day laughing at him!

      • So you’ve now just insulted an Ultimate Fighter winner, a marine and a legend. Tsk tsk.

        • Cereal Killer

          No, I just insulted the rankings.

          • lol. Who do you like in that division right now? Costa P. is one of my favorites, he has great boxing and is a big scary guy. I believe he still trains with Serra and Longo.

        • Madmmax

          Pretty fair to say he only won cauz Hammil was hurt and Much respect for Brian Stann, but a win over him doesn’t say much. Bisping is a good fighter, but hasn’t really ” accomplished ” anything yet.

          • He really needs this win. Losing this fight will set him back in rankings and with the fans who already don’t respect his resume. I counted him out against Sonnen but he hung in that fight the whole time, and I would like to see him remain a top contender but I could see Belcher winning this, I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Cereal Killer

    “A win over me for Alan Belcher will be by far the biggest win of his pathetic career,” his win over Paul Harris is bigger than anything on your record, crumpet eating douche bag.

  • Darin

    Bisping understands the fight business and knows how to make the most out of a fight, that’s all. It’s funny how many middleweights have said they want to “shut up” Bisping. He’s been put to sleep hard by Hendo and Belfort and his mouth just gets bigger. I give Bisping the edge in this one, but I hope Belcher finds a way.

    • MuayThaiFood

      “Bisping believes there’s no way he can lose to Belcher” That should be enough to ensure Belcher knocks him out.

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    I hope Bisping keeps looking past Belcher towards that title fight. It’s that attitude that usually gets him beat.

    And I don’t think that beating Belcher in any way, shape or form sets Bisping up for a title shot. He needs to fight and beat somebody in the top 10 first.

  • Jew Jitsu

    you would have thought he would have been humbled a bit getting head ko’ed but i guess he needs another one just to drive the point home, and that my friends is where alan belchers tree trunks come into play.

    • Jew Jitsu

      head kicked*

    • Cereal Killer

      We can all hope and pray.

  • The_Commentator

    This guy is a bigger douche than the Diaz boys.
    Can’t wait to see him ko’d again