It’s been nearly five years since the last time Alan Belcher was finished in a fight and he doesn’t plan on that changing anytime soon. Though “The Talent” has a tough test in front of him with Michael Bisping at UFC 159, Belcher is entering the effort with extreme confidence, especially regarding Bisping’s inability to put him away at any point in the pairing.
“I think that my skill-set and all the different weapons I have, along with my power, is going to be the difference in the fight,” said Belcher in a recent interview with the UFC. “I have no doubt in my mind that Bisping could not knock me out with his best punch if I let him. There’s no way that I am going to get hurt in this fight and that I’m going to go down.”
Belcher’s determination to succeed stems from not only disliking Bisping’s demeanor but also his firm understanding that the man who stumbles on April 27 will have a steep hill to climb if hoping to get back into the discussion for title-contendership. Both Belcher and Bisping were close to challenging for gold before losing in their most recent match-ups, leaving each in an undesirable position of a potential two-fight skid.
“We both have a lot on the line in this one, and a loss would be detrimental. Not only is it a grudge match, but it’s a war for that top contender spot,” confessed Belcher.
“If I can step on Michael Bisping on the way to a title, then it’s just a better day for me,” he added. “I am going to go harder and faster than I have ever gone before. I just want to shut him up, and move ahead up the ladder.
The 18-7 Belcher has finished sixteen of the foes he’s felled including Rousimar Palhares and Patrick Cote, while Bisping holds a career mark of 23-5 with eighteen stoppages of his own. Their bout will serve as the evening’s co-headliner at UFC 159.
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