The verbal sparring match between Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher continues. The two collide on Saturday, April 27 at UFC 159 in a co-main event headlined by champion Jon “Bones” Jones’ light-heavyweight title defense against the charismatic Chael Sonnen. The event, which takes place in Newark, NJ and airs live on Pay-Per-View, was promoted today through a conference call with the four competitors involved in the night’s main and co-main events: Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping, and Alan Belcher.
During the conference call, Bisping and Belcher fired back and forth at each other. Never one to be short on words, Bisping threw the first jab when he jumped in as Belcher was asked what a win would mean to him:
“A win over Bisping for Alan Belcher will be, by far, the biggest win of his pathetic career. No one gives a fuck about Alan Belcher.”
Belcher, who also has made it a point to take shots at Michael Bisping during the lead-up to the fight, elected to take a more methodical approach when he responded:
“That’s right. You better not lose to me.”
Bisping then closed the exchange by offering his take on what it would take for himself to win:
“All I have to do is show up, slap your little face and take my check.”
Also of note during the conference call was Chael Sonnen’s continued attack on middleweight champ Anderson Silva and Jon Jones’ perception of his own legacy and how he aspires to earn the same level of respect as his two brothers in their NFL careers.
UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen goes down next Saturday at The Prudential Center in New Jersey. In the main event, Jon Jones looks to tie Tito Ortiz’ light-heavyweight record for championship defenses against former middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen. The co-main event features Bisping and Belcher, as they look to re-enter themselves into the middleweight title picture. Also on the card is a heavyweight battle between Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Cheick Kongo and hometown boy, Jim Miller, who looks to make it two in a row against Pat Healy, making his Octagon debut. UFC 159 airs live on Saturday on Pay-Per-View with preliminary showings on both Facebook and FX
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