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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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Video: UFC on Fox 2 Press Conference

Rashad Evans. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

Members of the media met today with the six-man main card lineup for the UFC's second event on FOX, which will take place on January 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

UFC President Dana White took the podium alongside participants Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen, Mark Munoz, Michael Bisping and Demian Maia. The proceedings were interesting to say the least.

After the jump is video of the entire press conference. Enjoy.

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Bisping Signs to Face Maia at UFC on Fox 2 in January

Michael Bisping. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Despite only defeating Jason "Mayhem" Miller in a three-round battle less than a week ago, Michael Bisping already has his next fight lined up and it provides a quick turnaround.

The Brit will face decorated grappler and former middleweight title challenger Demian Maia at UFC on Fox 2 on January 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The UFC officially announced the matchup on Tuesday.

The UFC's second foray into network television will also be co-headlined by two other pivotal bouts. Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will battle top prospect Phil Davis in the night's main event and the ever-charismatic Chael Sonnen takes on fast-rising wrestler Mark Munoz.

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The Daily Recap: Lytle Considering Retirement, TUF 13 Cast Announced & More


Chris Lytle. Photo by Michelle Pemberton.

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.

— Following his loss to Brian Ebersole at UFC 127 this past weekend, longtime veteran Chris Lytle is reportedly considering retirement . The Indiana native also apparently underwent surgery during his training camp to prepare for Ebersole and original opponent Carlos Condit and had his meniscus removed from his right leg, leaving him obviously less than 100% for the bout. [MMAFighting.com]

— The 14 member cast of "The Ultimate Fighter 13" reality show was announced today by Spike TV officials. The lineup includes Shamar Bailey, Charlie Radar, Myles Jury, Len Bentley, Michael Bowman, Nordin Asrih, Chris Cope, Zach Davis, Tony Ferguson, Javier Torres, Ryan McGillivray, Ramsey Nijem, Clay Harvison and Keon Caldwell. [Spike.com]

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The Aftermath: UFC 127


Jon Fitch. Photo by Adrian Valenzuela.

The UFC's latest trip to Australia was supposed to crown a clear-cut contender for Georges St. Pierre's welterweight title, regardless of whether he wanted to keep the belt following a potential win over Jake Shields in April.

Instead, things remain the same courtesy of a hotly-contested majority draw between Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn, leaving the welterweight division in limbo once again.

In addition, a win over Jorge Rivera has now catapulted Michael Bisping into the upper echelon of the UFC's middleweight ranks, but will his post-fight antics cost him a big fight in the near future?

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Wait, Isn’t Michael Bisping a “Professional”?


Michael Bisping. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

During all of the pre-fight banter leading up his anticipated meeting against Jorge Rivera, Michael Bisping claims that he took the high road. The Wolfslair product claimed that Rivera's series of YouTube videos mocking Bisping and posted up until the fight were childish.

Bisping insinuated that Rivera had taken things to a personal level, even going as far as to take shots at Bisping's family. According to Bisping, Rivera wasn't acting like a professional athlete.

Yet we fast forward to last night at UFC 127 in Australia, where during and following Bisping's second-round TKO of Rivera, the Brit was seen delivering a blatant illegal knee and attempting to wind up the crowd during Rivera's recovery time, flipping off and spitting at Rivera's cornermen and continuing to confront Rivera after the fight was over.

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Report: Bisping-Kang, Hardy-Kim at UFC 105


Michael Bisping. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Two of the UK’s biggest MMA stars will likely be in action when the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Manchester, England for UFC 105 on November 14.

According to Fighters Only Magazine, Michael Bisping will reportedly attempt to bounce back from a devastating knockout loss to Dan Henderson against longtime veteran Denis Kang. Rising UFC welterweight contender Dan Hardy could also put a six-fight winning streak on the line against undefeated Koran striker Dong Hyun Kim.

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Report: Bisping-Silva at UFC 105 in England


Wanderlei Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

MMAFrenzy.com is reporting that middleweight contenders Michael Bisping and Wanderlei Silva will clash at UFC 105 which is scheduled for November 14 in Manchester, England.

Silva, former PRIDE middleweight champion, has gone 1-4 since re-joining the UFC ranks in 2007. Silva’s sole victory came over Keith Jardine while he’s dropped exciting decisions to Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin.

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Lesnar and St. Pierre Dominant in UFC 100 Victories


Brock Lesnar. Photo property of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former WWE superstar, Brock Lesnar, successfully defended his UFC heavyweight title against interim champion Frank Mir on Saturday night at UFC 100: Making History.

Lesnar assumed the role of the heel before any punches were even thrown. Referee Herb Dean called both fighters to the middle for the pre-fight instructions and moments later Lesnar turned and stomped away, refusing to touch gloves with Mir.

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