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Alan Belcher vs. Ricardo Almeida: UFC 81

According to MMA Weekly, Alan Belcher will take on returning veteran Ricardo Almeida on Feb. 2:

Belcher said the following about his opponent:

“He beat Nate Marquardt by submission and Ryo Chonan be decision and his jiu-jitsu is really good, so it is going to be a good fight.”

Personally, I was hoping for a rematch between Belcher and Kalib Starnes from UFC 77 in October. The fight was an exciting slugfest until the referee stopped the fight due to a deep gash over Starnes’ eye. Fighting Almeida in Almeida’s first fight since 2004 will pose a much different challenge than Starnes did. A win over Almeida would show that Belcher is capable of defeating a well-skilled ground fighter whereas the fight with Starnes was mostly fought on the feet.

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