Over the past few weeks, UFC middleweight Alan Belcher has been forced to watch a number of his highly-touted divisional peers be paired with comparable opponents or linked to similarly booked bouts while he himself is still waiting for a call from the company’s matchmaking team. Belcher, who is currently riding a four-fight winning streak including a quartet of finishing performances, even thought fortune had favored a meeting with Michael Bisping after his 185-pound peer mentioned him on a recent episode of UFC Tonight.
However, Belcher is still without an opponent and hungry to fight in hopes of proving he is the top contender to champion Anderson Silva’s title. As such, he apparently has two other potential foes in mind he’d be more than happy to face in the form of Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.
“We’re looking at it like Chris Weidman is coming off a great fight, Alan Belcher is a great fighter, so why not throw them somewhere like this Oct. 5 card, let them go five rounds and the winner gets a title shot,” said manager Malki Kawa in an interview with MMAWeekly. “You’ve also got Vitor sitting out there looking for somebody to come to Brazil to fight him, and we’re open to that as well.”
“It’s one of those situations where we want to fight, we’re looking for a fight, so we need one of these guys to pick up a phone and say ‘I’ll fight Alan Belcher,’ but these guys continue to avoid him and I don’t blame them,” he concluded, voicing his fighter’s frustration over the fog surrounding his future.
Belcher holds an overall record of 18-6 with sixteen stoppages including his May TKO of Rousimar Palhares. He has also notched previous instances of success against the likes of Patrick Cote, Jason MacDonald, and Ed Herman.
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