Alan Belcher (18-6) shocked many MMA fans with his TKO victory against Rousimar Palhares at “UFC on Fox 4,” holding his own on the ground against the Brazilian submission specialist. “The Talent” was originally scheduled to face Vitor Belfort at UFC 153. But that bout was cancelled when “The Phenom” moved up to the 205-pound division, to face Jon Jones at UFC 151 for the promotion’s light-heavyweight title (after the Sept. 1 card was cancelled).
Left without an opponent, Belcher – who is currently recovering from a spinal fracture – now has his sights set on Chris Weidman, and he’s hoping to get a shot at one of the UFC’s most promising up and comers.
“Chris Weidman, I think that fight makes sense,” Belcher said. “Do I think he’s the number one contender? I don’t know about that but I think he’s definitely up there. … [Fighting Anderson Silva] I don’t see a title shot even happening. Anderson Silva’s at a point where he needs to be fighting Jon Jones, he needs to be fighting GSP. If I’m Anderson Silva’s manager, that’s what I’m telling him to do.”
I like the idea of a Belcher vs. Weidman matchup, considering the fact Alan probably won’t get a shot at the middleweight title anytime soon. Silva seems intent on securing a super-fight against welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. “Rush” is also interested in fighting the middleweight champion, so there’s a decent chance Silva’s next fight will be against the Canadian.
Given the fact Chris Weidman impressed many MMA fans with his dominant performance against Mark Munoz at “UFC on Fuel TV 4,” I’m sure Belcher isn’t the only middleweight gunning for him.
A win against Weidman gives Belcher a better case – in terms of getting a title shot, and he actually matches up well against the undefeated rising star. Belcher is one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC, and it’s hard to count him out against anyone. He seems to love the underdog role, and I’m sure he has a few more upsets left in him.
ESPN.co.uk, “Belcher calls for Weidman war”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.