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Alan Belcher: “I think I can knock [Anderson Silva] out”

Big words coming from ‘The Talent,’ that is Alan Belcher. But if you would of told me prior to UFC on Fox 3 that Alan Belcher would play footsies for an extended period with the best heel hooker in the sport, only to then TKO Rousimar Palhares with viscious ground-and-pound, I may have scoffed at you. Regardless, that is in fact exactly happened, and as many stood in shock, Belcher used his four-fight victory chain to continue campaigning for a title fight.

Speaking with MMAJunkie Radio, Belcher was very adamant that he could see himself knocking out the middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva.

“There’s a lot of guys I could fight,” said Belcher. “But seriously, while I’m on this roll right now, wouldn’t it be a nice thing to see me fight Anderson Silva? I think I can knock him out.

Belcher’s current run spans back to Dec. 2009, with only four fights. Odd at first glance, the reason being that the Arkansas born fighter had suffered a serious career threatening retina detachment that took 16 months to fully heal. In the long run the injury has made Belcher stronger, as he realizes that he can’t waste a second in the octagon.

“It was a lot of waiting before I even got released to go back and train,” Belcher said. “During that time, I was scared that I was never going to be able to compete in MMA again. Now that I’m back, I have a newfound love for it, and I realize my real reason for doing this is not to prove anything to anybody but myself just because I love this sport. I don’t want to do it unless I’m going to be the best. That’s what I’m going to do.”

With such a stacked division of talent, chomping at the bit, Belcher has a big roster of top contenders, including Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch, Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva that he would need to leap frog in order to grant his request.

“I hope Anderson Silva beats Chael Sonnen and I go straight to the title shot,” Belcher said. “I mean, there’s no ‘too fast.’ Stranger things have happened.

“I’ve been doing this since I was 14 years old, fighting and training every week. It’s just a lot of hard work and dreaming that’s become a reality. I’m ready for a big challenge.”


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