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Bisping-Belcher, Miller-Healy inked for UFC 159 on April 27

Michael Bisping. Photo by Jeff Cain/MMA Weekly.

Another pair of bouts have been booked for UFC 159, which takes place  on April 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

A pivotal middleweight matchup between recently defeated contenders Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher will serve as the show's co-main event. In addition, durable lightweight Jim Miller will welcome Strikeforce contender Pat Healy back to the UFC. 

The UFC confirmed the bouts as official this afternoon.

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The Daily Recap: Ebersole Replaces Patrick, Bisping Sets Sights on Belcher & More

Brian Ebersole. Photo courtesy of Heavy MMA.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— The UFC this afternoon announced that rising welterweight contender and seasoned veteran Brian Ebersole will replace an injured Claude Patrick against James Head in a welterweight affair at UFC 149 later this month in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ebersole enters the fight on less than three weeks notice just a couple of weeks after winning a unanimous decision over T.J. Waldburger at UFC on FX 4 on June 22. [UFC.com]

— Michael Bisping made an appearance on Tuesday's edition of UFC Tonight to discuss his recovery from recent knee surgery and ended up calling out a couple of potential foes along the way, including Alan Belcher. "Alan Belcher’s somebody that’s been calling me out for seems like forever now," Bisping said on the show. "To be quite frank I’m sick of it. So, Alan Belcher if your balls are big enough, call Joe Silva and let’s do it." [MMA Weekly]

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Quick Hits: Gouveia-Belcher Likely for UFC 107, Vera Inks Deal With Strikeforce & More


Wilson Gouveia. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— A middleweight bout between Wilson Gouveia and Alan Belcher is reportedly likely to take place at UFC 107, which is currently scheduled for Memphis, Tennessee on December 12. Both fighters have apparently verbally agreed to the bout. Gouveia has not fought since being brutally stopped with strikes by Nate Marquardt at UFC 95 while Belcher is coming off of a razor-close split decision loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama. [MMA Weekly]

— Kerry Vera, the wife of UFC light heavyweight contender Brandon Vera, has reportedly agreed to a four-fight deal with Strikeforce and will debut with the promotion in November. An opponent for Vera has not yet been found. Vera was victorious in her pro MMA debut at Bellator VI in May, earning a unanimous decision win over Leslie Smith. [Sherdog.com]

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All Fighters Make Weight for UFC 100


Tom Lawlor sporting “Just Bleed” paint. Photo property of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for UFC 100: Making History are in and all of the fighters successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The card will be headlined by a UFC heavyweight title bout featuring champion Brock Lesnar taking on interim champion Frank Mir. UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will defend his title against Thaigo Alves as well.

Main Card:

Brock Lesnar (265 lbs) vs. Frank Mir (245 lbs)
Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs. Thiago Alves (170 lbs)
Dan Henderson (185 lbs) vs. Michael Bisping (186 lbs)
Yoshihio Akiyama (185 lbs) vs. Alan Belcher (186 lbs)
Jon Fitch (170 lbs) vs. Paulo Thiago (170 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Mark Coleman (205 lbs) vs. Stephan Bonnar (205 lbs)
Mac Danzig (154 lbs) vs. Jim Miller (155 lbs)
Jon Jones (206 lbs) vs. Jake O’Brien (206 lbs)
Dong Hyun Kim (171 lbs) vs. T.J. Grant (170 lbs)
C.B. Dollaway (186 lbs) vs. Tom Lawlor (184 lbs)
Matt Grice (155 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156 lbs)

Video: Belcher, Kang Talk UFC 93 Showdown

In the above video, former PRIDE welterweight grand prix runner-up Denis Kang and UFC veteran Alan Belcher discuss their upcoming middleweight bout at tomorrow’s UFC 93 event, which takes place at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

Kang Could Face Belcher in Debut at UFC 93


Denis Kang. Photo courtesy of DenisKang.com

Former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Denis Kang could make his UFC debut against fellow middleweight Alan Belcher when the organizations travels to Dublin, Ireland for UFC 93 on January 17.

MMA on Tap was able to confirm the bout with a member of Belcher’s camp. Bout agreements have been distributed and Belcher has agreed to fight Kang, but is still waiting for the Canadian’s response to the proposed bout.

Since departing from PRIDE over two years ago, Kang has put together a 3-2 record, including two successful defenses of his Spirit MC heavyweight title. Kang most recently scored a quick first-round TKO of Marvin Eastman at Raw Combat’s “Resurrection” event on October 25.

Belcher has won two out of his last three UFC bouts after signing a four-fight extension with the promotion last fall. In 2008, Belcher bounced back from an upset loss to Jason Day at UFC 83 to win a razor-close split decision over Ed Herman at UFC Fight Night 15 in September.

UFC Fight Night 15 Live Results

We will be going live at 5:30 PM ET with live results of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 15 event, which takes place at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska. The broadcast of the show’s main card starts at 8 PM ET on Spike TV and will be followed by the eighth season premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

The event is headlined by Nate Diaz taking on Josh Neer. Mac Danzig will face fan-favorite Clay Guida in the co-main event. Additional featured bouts include Nebraska native Houston Alexander against Eric Schafer and Alan Belcher meeting Ed Herman.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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Video Hype: UFC Fight Night 15

Here’s some preview videos for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 15, courtesy of NBC Sports. Nate Diaz and Josh Neer talk about their main event fight in the above video. Previews of Mac Danzig vs. Clay Guida, Houston Alexander vs. Eric Schafer, and Alan Belcher vs. Ed Herman are after the jump.

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UFC Fight Night 15 Weigh-In Results


Nate Diaz. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 15, which takes place at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event is headlined by Nate Diaz taking on Josh Neer. Mac Danzig will face fan-favorite Clay Guida in the co-main event. Additional featured bouts include Nebraska native Houston Alexander against Eric Schafer and Alan Belcher meeting Ed Herman.

Main Card:

Josh Neer (155 lbs) vs. Nate Diaz (155 lbs)
Mac Danzig (155 lbs) vs. Clay Guida (155 lbs)
Houston Alexander (205 lbs) vs. Eric Schafer (205 lbs)
Alan Belcher (185 lbs) vs. Ed Herman (185 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Joe Lauzon (155 lbs) vs. Kyle Bradley (155 lbs)
Ryan Jensen (185 lbs) vs. Wilson Gouveia (185 lbs)
Drew McFedries (185 lbs) vs. Mike Massenzio (185 lbs)
Alessio Sakara (185 lbs) vs. Joe Vedepo (185 lbs)
Rob Kimmons (185 lbs) vs. Dan Miller (185 lbs)
Brad Morris (205 lbs) vs. Jason Brilz (205 lbs)

Report: Two Bouts Set for UFC Fight Night 14


Houston Alexander. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A pair of fights between a quartet of fighters desperately seeking a win have reportedly been signed for the yet-to-be-announced UFC Fight Night 14 on September 17th.

Hard-hitting light heavyweight upstart Houston Alexander will return to action against Eric Schafer, who took the first half of this year as an opportunity to fight in smaller shows and bounce back from recent losses in the UFC according to our friends at MMA Junkie.

After surprising many in winning his first two UFC fights in dominant fashion, Alexander has lost his last two bouts. He most recently was the victim of a first-round knockout at the hands of James Irvin, just eight seconds into the fight. Irvin’s knockout tied the UFC record for the organization’s fastest finish in history.

Schafer picked up a pair of victories in separate Gladiators Fighting Series shows earlier this year. He bursted onto the UFC scene with an impressive submission win over Rob MacDonald but has since dropped his last two bouts in the Octagon, losing to Michael Bisping and Stephan Bonnar respectively.

Exciting middleweights Ed Herman and Alan Belcher will also reportedly collide at the event according to MMA Mania.

After dropping his first two UFC bouts, Herman went on to rack up three straight victories, including an impressive knockout of veteran Joe Doerksen, before ultimately being defeated by submission expert Demian Maia last month. Belcher snapped a two-fight winning streak in losing to Canadian newcomer Jason Day in April, lowering the Biloxi, Mississippi native to an even .500 record inside the confines of the UFC.

The event is expected to precede the debut of the upcoming eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV.

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