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While the fight didn’t end the way he wanted, Michael Bisping easily defeated Alan Belcher Saturday night at UFC 159.

“The Count,” who was stopped in his quest to attain a UFC middleweight title fight earlier this year against Vitor Belfort, used his speed and boxing to pick Belcher apart.

The contest ended via technical decision after an eye poke caused Belcher to start spilling blood from his previously-fixed right eye.

“It was a shame that I caught him with the thumb at the end and I apologized for that,” Bisping said. “He’s a hell of a performer.”

Both fighters went back and forth in the build, calling each other out several times. The Brit added that “I think we all have to do that to psyche ourselves up,” in regards to the talking.

As for his future, Bisping plans a brief break and a quick return – as long as the UFC agrees.

“I want get back in the Octagon as soon as possible.”