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.

Bisping failed to capitalize on another opportunity for a shot at the UFC middleweight title, suffering a TKO loss to Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC on FX 7 on January 19. Likewise, Belcher fell in a rematch against Yushin Okami by unanimous decision at UFC 155 in December, the same fate Belcher suffered in his UFC debut against Okami back in August 2006.

Miller bounced back from a surprising submission loss to Nate Diaz to score a hard-fought and bloody decision over Joe Lauzon at UFC 155 in December that was a "Fight of the Year" candidate for 2012. The New Jersey native will welcome Healy, winning of six straight under the Strikeforce banner. It will be Healy's first UFC appearance since April 2006, when he was submitted by "TUF" alumnus Anthony Torres at UFC Fight Night 6.

UFC 159 is headlined by a UFC light heavyweight title fight between current "The Ultimate Fighter 17" coaches, reigning champion Jon Jones and challenger Chael Sonnen. 

A heavyweight bout between longtime veterans Roy Nelson and Cheick Kongo as well as a heated clash pitting Phil Davis against Vinny Magalhaes were both added to the event's lineup yesterday.


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