A glance at the latest UFC middleweight rankings will let you know that there will be a great deal on the line when Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher square off later this month in the co-main event of UFC 159.
Bisping will enter that fight ranked fourth in the division, while Belcher will come in as the No. 10 fighter in the division. A win and the victor will remain in the thick of the title hunt; a loss and it will be a rough road back to contention, as both fighters are coming off losses prior to this bout.
Bisping’s last bout was a second-round TKO loss to Vitor Belfort, while Belcher saw his four-fight winning streak end when he dropped a unanimous decision to Yushin Okami.
Bisping has been documenting his preparation for the fight with training camp video blogs. His latest gives us a look at his work with noted boxing trainer Jason Parillo.
Parillo has a lengthy resume, helping fighters such as Benson Henderson, Brian Stann, BJ Penn and Tito Ortiz with their boxing training. Parillo, much like recent Bisping opponent Chael Sonnen, feels that Bisping’s striking is an overlooked and under-praised part of his arsenal.
The outspoken Bisping, as is his style, offers some words of warning for his opponent as well, saying, “April 27 can’t come fast enough.”
The series of videos is a nice look at the training Bisping is doing ahead of the April 27 fight card.
To check out the other videos in the ongoing series see below:
Bisping works strength and conditioning
Bisping works jiu-jitsu