Alan Belcher has always been one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC’s middleweight division, and he put on the performance of his career at “UFC on Fox 3,” defeating Rousimar Palhares via TKO in the first round of their May 5 encounter.
To make his victory even more impressive, Belcher defied conventional thinking at UFC on Fox 3, deciding to trade submissions with Palhares. He escaped several close submission attempts, eventually gaining top position and finishing the fight.
With his performance against Palhares, Belcher has established himself as one of the top fighters in the UFC’s middleweight division, and a title shot might be in his future. Of course, he’ll probably have to win a couple more fights before getting his first title shot in the UFC.
If it’s up to Alan Belcher, he’d rather fight Michael Bisping – who is currently scheduled to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 – next, given the brash British MMA fighter’s popularity among UFC fans.
“I think a fight with Michael Bisping makes a lot of sense,” Belcher said during an interview with TapouT Radio. “I mean, Boetsch looks like a beast at 185, and I’ve got to admit, he looks pretty scary. The other guys in the division, in my mind, I’ve already beat them so many times, and I know everything about them, and I know they don’t have anything really threatening. Boetsch has got some pretty powerful tools, and is a pretty scary dude. Bisping, of course, is getting to be a professional point fighter, and he’s kind of hard to beat like that. That fight would be a nice payday, and a big fight for the media, so I’m kind of leaning towards that one. It would make sense, and the fans would love it. I can almost feel the energy I would get from the fans if I put him to sleep.”
A number one contender fight between Belcher and Bisping should be interesting, but it would be unfair to Mark Munoz – If he defeats Chris Weidman at “UFC on Fuel TV 4.” After all, Munoz was originally intended to face Chael Sonnen for a shot at Anderson Silva’s belt, before an elbow injury forced him to pull out of the fight.
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