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Denis Kang to Debut in UFC Against Alan Belcher in Dublin?

(Anyone else have a sudden hankering for soccer kicks and head stomps?)

Newly acquired ATT fighter and former Pride bad-ass Denis Kang could make his UFC debut in front of a different foreign audience, as rumor has it he may take on Alan “The Talent” Belcher at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland on January 17. Bout agreements have reportedly been sent to both camps, and while it’s not yet official Belcher says he’s accepting and is waiting to hear from Kang.

Starting Kang off with Belcher, who’s coming off a very narrow decision win over Ed Herman at Ultimate Fight Night 15, may be a sign that the UFC is perfectly willing to bring him along slowly rather than try to fast-track Kang for a title shot. Not that Belcher’s a punk, but he’s also not quite as explosive or experienced as Kang.

If this fight gets added to the card along with Franklin-Henderson and Coleman-Rua, the UFC will have every reason to expect a successful debut in Dublin. Then again, the event is already sold out, so maybe they aren’t too concerned.

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Anonymous- November 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm
oh shit. i forgot to wear my underwear!
dualdiagnosis- November 10, 2008 at 6:14 am
I think Kang is one of the best fighters around but I don't think Belcher is any kind of walk over. That will be a tough fight.

When BJ beats GSP, Silva better watch out.
Truth- November 9, 2008 at 11:36 pm
You dumbass, Kang didn't beat Houston Alexander, he beat Marvin Eastman.

Also, to Kevin Marshall, Anderson doesn't have ANYONE left to fight. Kang is probably the last person that Anderson truly needs to beat in order to solidify his legacy as the greatest 185lber ever (imo). That's why people got excited. Kang also has the potential to beat Anderson Silva with his raw athleticism and experience. On his best night, Kang is a top5 185er.

Tell me, would you rather see a Cote vs Silva rematch?
Jay Smith- November 9, 2008 at 5:29 pm
Why can't I ever be first?????????????????????????
slapjaw ackrite- November 9, 2008 at 5:16 pm
who else is there to challenge silva? hendo, yeah...bisping is good, but not a contender. franklin needs his nose. marquardt maybe. one or two tune ups and if he does well a title shot is my guess.
Anonymous- November 9, 2008 at 5:13 pm
Who has he beat! WHO HAS HE BEAT!! he took out the monstorous unstoppable the most underestimated toughest man to ever step foot in the MMA universe!! HOUSTON ALEXANDER!! alright a liitle too much build up there?
Kevin Marshall- November 9, 2008 at 4:48 pm
A welcome addition to be sure, but I'm curious as to why so many people seemed to soil themselves when news of this first broke.

I also find the last point in this post a bit curious. I mean, what reason would they have to fast-track him for a title shot in the first place? Who has Kang beaten that would have warranted that? Ninja Rua two and a half years ago?

Maybe I'm just a bit jaded because of some other performers who have come over to American soil and not been able to adjust (or done so very awkwardly), but I'm not sold yet on Kang being an immediate and legitimate threat in the division.
Jay Smith- November 9, 2008 at 4:06 pm
FUCK!!!!!!! Never first.........
Kim Couture is a cunt- November 9, 2008 at 3:20 pm
Huge signing for the UFC. There MW division is so stacked, as is the LHW. I talked to Dennis right before he went to Montreal here in Richmond BC, and he is very happy to be getting a shot at the UFC.