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Alan Belcher is Almost Ready to Return and You’ll Never Guess Who He Wants to Fight First

(Belcher, seen here prior to getting that giant picture of Carl Perkins tattooed on his left arm. Pic: TigerMuayThai.com)

If Alan Belcher manages to return from the detached retina that nearly ended his career last year and can recapture anything close to the 4-1 form he showed during his five most recent fights in the Octagon, it’ll be one of 2011’s true feel good stories. Belcher has always struck us as one of the sport’s more likable characters, so when he tells Sherdog this week that he’s interested in returning to the UFC as soon as September, that’s great news. Only thing is, we wish Belcher would show just a touch more originality in deciding who he wants to fight in his comeback bout. Pretty much the usual suspects here:

“(Michael) Bisping is an asshole who disrespects the sport and his opponent,” Belcher tells the Dog. “A fight between me and Michael Bisping is something everybody wants except for Michael Bisping. It would be amazing to sign that fight and have him come to my backyard. He always gets to fight in Britain and other places, but it’d be good to see him come down to Louisiana. I’d love for that to be my comeback fight.”

Yep. Bisping. The ol’ standby. And in case you’re wondering, Belcher wouldn’t turn down a fight with Wanderlei Silva, either, though he sounds a little more reasonable about Silva’s standing in the division than some of the other dudes who’ve called out “The Axe Murderer” recently …

“I want to fight the top three or four guys,” he says. “I want someone who will help keep my status high and help me move towards a title shot. I don’t want to have to prove myself again. (Belfort) is a legend and is still close to the top. I’m not sure beating (Silva) gets me closer to the title, but he’s a fighter I like. (Maia) and (Bisping) are other possibilities, too.”

That minor gripe aside, we can’t help but feel a little excited that Belcher appears on the verge of a return. Regardless of what you thought of him before, nobody likes to see a guy felled by injury in the prime of his career. To hear him tell it, it sounds like he’s not quite 100 percent, but improving steadily toward a comeback.

“Right now, I’m planning to come back in September,” he says. “Everything is looking good so far, and I’m glad to be back in training. The time off was good for me. I got to see things from a different point of view. It made me realize just how lucky I was to be a fighter. It’s truly a gift that I’ve been given, but now I’m ready to be back as good or better than I’ve ever been.”

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DangadaDang- April 21, 2011 at 7:38 am
Screw it, give ME Bisping.
MMA_Hole- April 21, 2011 at 3:58 am
@ sakurabasear

Bisping's legitimately in or around the top 10 fighters on the planet at middleweight. He's far from 'the most beatable guy in the division' and in my opinion, is a cut above Belcher, even without the long layoff.

Don't let your personal opinions colour your rational thinking. It results in idiotic beliefs.
sakurabasear- April 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm
geez, not asking for much. Bisping - the most hated, beatable guy in tbe division in your back yard Louisiana, for the first time in God knows when.

Why not avenge the defeat to Grove?
danomite- April 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm
I thought the tattoo was an artistic interpretation of what Jabba the Hut would look like with a toupee
Turd Furgeson- April 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm
Loki for the win.

Good to see that Belcher will be back soon.
LOKI- April 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm
I thought it was Little Steven Van Zant!(?)
Clyde- April 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm
I think this is just becomming a running joke now. Everyone should call out Bisping after their next fight, regardless of weight class.

Karma, get right on that.
RwilsonR- April 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm
I thought Belcher's tattoo was of The Fonz???
Morningwood- April 20, 2011 at 11:15 am
LOL! @Loki
LOKI- April 20, 2011 at 11:07 am
When asked who Belcher's training partner wanted to fight, the only response was;
"No boom boom with soul brother! Too beaucoup!"
FightZen- April 20, 2011 at 11:05 am
I like Alan and I appreciate his zeal, but slow your roll bro! Take a warm up fight first or something. Although, bisping would be a perfect warm up, and I'd love to see Alan smack him around.
ExpectJesusBro- April 20, 2011 at 10:47 am
Fighters^^ oops!
ExpectJesusBro- April 20, 2011 at 10:47 am
TOP 4 FIGTERS IN SUPPORT OF 420:

1 and 2: The Diaz bros.
3: Mike Whitehead
4: Joe Rogan (even though hes not a pro-fighter)
Smitty- April 20, 2011 at 10:43 am
I hope they give him a top 5 opponent at least. He deserves that.
PERPATRAITOR- April 20, 2011 at 10:39 am
Belcher is the fucking man. I hope you comeback stronger than ever big guy.
KarmaAteMyCat- April 20, 2011 at 10:36 am
I'd watch this fight.
Dmonicideals- April 20, 2011 at 10:31 am
Belchers da man.


So where's our 4/20 top ten fighters in support of legalization?
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