Takedowns and Takedown Defense
Michael Bisping isn't the best wrestler in the middleweight division, but his takedowns have been highly underrated.
Having recorded takedowns against Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen, Bisping shouldn't have too much trouble taking Alan Belcher to the ground should he choose to do so.
Belcher has not recorded a takedown since meeting Patrick Cote in May 2010, and he was taken down himself multiple times in that matchup.
Control and Escapability
Neither coming from a wrestling background, Bisping and Belcher are not the best at maintaining positioning on the ground.
Although he had a clear advantage over Brian Stann in the takedown department at UFC 152, Bisping had trouble keeping his opponent's back on the canvas. That didn't end up coming back to bite Bisping in that matchup, but it could against a better grappler in Belcher.
Belcher is solid from the top, as he showed against Rousimar Palhares, but he makes questionable grappling decisions at times. Against Yushin Okami, Belcher put himself on his back multiple times with guillotine attempts, and that ended up costing him greatly on the scorecards.
Submissions and Submission Defense
Although he is still in search of his first UFC submission win, Bisping's jiu-jitsu game isn't lacking much. The TUF winner has never been forced to tap and shouldn't be expected to in this matchup.
Belcher does have a handful of submission victories inside the Octagon, but none have come against a highly ranked opponent like Bisping. While it'll be tough for Belcher to submit Bisping, "The Talent" will also be extremely hard to put away on the canvas.
At UFC on Fox 3, Belcher slipped out of Palhares' ultra-dangerous leg lock and went on to win on the ground against the top-notch submission artist.
Overall Grappling Edge: Bisping