An increasingly one-sided fight ended in sudden disappointment, as Michael Bisping’s thumb found Alan Belcher’s eye late in the closing round. As the blood began to flow from Belcher’s eye, the officials decided to stop the fight, ruling it an accidental foul and going to the judges scorecards. We were then given the decision that should have rightfully been read only minutes later: Bisping via Unanimous decision.
Belcher had the latest of many moments of weirdness tonight when referee Kevin Mulhall cut off his ankle wraps as the pre-fight announcements were being made. According to UFC commentator Joe Rogan, the wraps had been signed by commission officials, so there was no reason to remove them. Weird. Belcher caught Bisping low early, but the Brit waved the referee off and the fight continued. Both men had a tentative first round, feeling one another out. Crowd chanting “USA! USA! USA!” so you can check that off your UFC night bingo card.
Both men picked up the pace to start round two. A nice kick from Bisping stumbled Belcher. Bisping started to open up in the second frame, landing speedy combinations and using good movement to pick and choose his shots. Belcher with his hands down, not respecting Bisping’s power. Bisping closes the round strong with a couple of solid punches that land hard.
Belcher taunts Bisping early in round three, and Bisping tags him with a jab in return. Bisping clearly has the superior cardio, as he’s still light on his feet while Belcher has clearly lost a step. Belcher tired a takedown but it’s easily stuffed by Bisping. All of a sudden, an errant Bisping thumb finds Belcher’s right eye during an exchange. Belcher collapses to the canvas, and as the blood begins to flow from the eye the doctors call the fight.
Damn. Thoughts go out to Alan Belcher on a speedy recovery. God knows he’s had his fair share of bad luck when it comes to eyeball problems. Mike Bisping, on the other hand, gets exactly the sort of unconvincing win he didn’t want.