This week the UFC announced a middleweight fight that could put one of the fighters one step closer to title contention. Chris Weidman vs Tim Boetsch was announced for UFC 155. Just around the corner, there’s also Michael Bisping and Brian Stann facing off at UFC 152 in what Bisping told MMA Fight Corner in early August would be a title eliminator. Hector Lombard and Rousimar Palhares were also booked for UFC on FX 6, though the fight most likely won’t determine contender since both men are coming off of losses.
When Pat Barry was a guest on the show Saturday, he said there was a UFC middleweight fighter who’s name was being left out of the title talk and that man is Alan Belcher.
Alan Belcher has been on a 4 fight win streak in the UFC, but has suffered injuries that have set him back throughout his career. He was set to fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next month. Belfort instead took a fight for the UFC light heavyweight title against Jon Jones at UFC 152. But, Belcher tweeted after the announcement was made that Belfort taking the Jones fight was “a blessing in disguise” since he has a fractured spine. When he recovered from that injury, Belcher was hoping to face Chris Weidman. Now it would appear that won’t be happening.
Though the winner of the Bisping-Stann fight or the Weidman-Boetsch fight could reveal the next challenger for UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva, UFC heavyweight Pat Barry said he’s still pulling for Belcher to come back, impress and put his name right back in the mix of contenders too.
“Alan Belcher’s a gangster, I say he beats all of them,” Barry said. “That dude beats all of them. He’s got striking. He’s got wrestling. He’s got Jiu Jitsu. He’s about 230 punds walking around regularly. He’s huge, he’s a big guy. Is he the biggest name in the world from fighting? No, and I honestly can’t tell you why, ’cause he’s beaten almost everybody he’s been thrown in the mix with. He might not do the world’s best interviews and maybe’s that why. When it comes to fighting that dude has got it. One of the best parts of his fighting style is he’s innocent. He’s not like ‘I’m a big, tough guy’. He gets in there and he genuinely loves fighting… If you look at him as a fighter he’s almost like still a kid that just he has fun with it. He doesn’t mind getting hit in the face. He knows that getting hit is a part of it. He’ll sit there and you can beat him death and he’s going to keep fighting with a smile on his face. And he always for some strange reason other than the fact that he has this ridiculous amount of skill, this dude will come back and win all the time, all the time, all the time. I say he beats any of them.”
After Belcher defeated Rousimar Palhares at UFC on FOX 3, many expressed surprise that Belcher had been able to grapple with a known for putting opponents in heel hook and kneebar submissions. Belcher was able to finish Palhares and took home a round one TKO win. With the tenacity Belcher showed, Barry added there’s no reason why Belcher shouldn’t face Anderson Silva once he’s healthy. “And the reason why I say Alan Belcher gets the Anderson Silva fight and wins is because the person that’s going to beat Anderson Silva is the person that gets in the ring and is not afraid of him,” Barry stated.
Currently out of the middleweight mix with an injury, Belcher is unlikely to take another fight anytime soon. But Barry said he thinks Belcher would fight right now if he could. “I think if the commission would let him fight with his injuries, he’d be fighting, because Alan Belcher for sure will fight you while his eye is hanging out of his head.”
In the end, Barry made his own campaign for Belcher not to become the forgotten warrior. “He’s the man. He needs the shot. Alan Belcher is the one.”