This is the UFC 159 live blog for Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher, a middleweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Bisping, who has won three of his past five fights, will face Belcher, who has won four of his past five fights, on the main card.
Check out the UFC 159 live blog below.
Round 1: Herb Dean is your referee. Officials cut Belcher's ankle wraps off right before he got into the Octagon. Bisping checks a Belcher high kick. Bisping catches a Belcher low kick. Bisping with a two-punch combo and a low kick. Still a standup stalemate midway through. Bisping with a counter combo, then connects with a right hand. Belcher lands a right to the temple. Belcher whiffs on an uppercut. It's either guy's round with a minute left. Bisping catches an eye poke and Dean calls time. Bisping trips Belcher, who gets right back up. Bisping sprawls a takedown, then lands a right hand at the horn. Tossup. MMAFighting scores the round for Michael Bisping, 10-9.
Round 2: Bisping just misses on a high kick, and follows right up with a solid right. There's not much happening here, but Bisping is using effective movement and when he's throwing punches, he's landing. Belcher is keeping his hands curiously low. Belcher with a two-punch combo and follows with a kick. Bisping looks like he's slowly warming up, but Belcher seems entirely out of sorts. Belcher connects on a right and Bisping tags him with a left. Belcher lands a couple solid rights in the closing seconds. MMAFighting scores the round for Michael Bisping, 10-9 (20-18 overall).
Round 3: Both guys still fighting at a distance early. Bisping with a two-punch combo, followed by an uppercut. Crowd's getting a bit restless. Bisping isn't throwing in high volume, but he's landing when he throws. Belcher looks listless. Bisping beating Belcher to the punch in every exchange, but hasn't come close to dropping Belcher. Belcher with a weak takedown attempt. One minute left. Bisping's fitness is on display late. Bisping catches Belcher with a horrific eye poke. It's gruesome. The fight's stopped and will go to the cards.
Michael Bisping def. Alan Belcher via technical decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).