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Maia vs. Belcher Verbally Agreed to for UFN 22 September 15

(Johnny Cash says, ‘Goodnight, sweet prince’)

A middleweight clash between Demian Maia and Alan "The Talent" Belcher has been verbally agreed to for Ultimate Fight Night 22 on September 15 according to a report by MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani.

The bout, which could make or break Belcher’s bid for a title shot, considering Maia just lost to current UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva and has been relegated to the back of the growing queue of contenders, will likely be the main event of the show that will lead in to the premiere episode of The Ultimate Fighter 12 on SPIKE TV. 

Belcher impressed in his previous four outings in the past year and a half. In that time, the Biloxi, Mississippi native dropped an arguable split decision to experienced judoka Yoshihiro Akiyama, submitted former PRIDE standout Denis Kang and former number one UFC 185-pound contender Patrick Cote and TKO’ed Wilson Gouveia. Not bad for a guy who was at risk of being cut by the UFC after racking up a less than stellar 1-2 record in his first three fights with the promotion.

Maia inexplicably leapfrogged Nate Marquardt in line for a shot at Silva’s gold despite being KO’ed by the former King of Pancrase and having only beaten one top ranked UFC middleweight, Chael Sonnen in his UFC career. Besides his submission victory over Sonnen, who is tapped to face Silva at UFC 117 in August, Maia’s UFC wins have come opposite Ryan Jensen, Ed Herman, Jason MacDonald, Nate Quarry and Dan Miller.

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Mikey- May 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm
Marquardt fought Silva almost 3 YEARS ago- in that time he's been training at the best camp in the world, Greg Jackson's. Also Marquardt is first and foremost a wrestler, the only [slight] Achille's heel we've ever seen from Anderson is wrestling (see Dan Henderson.) And with Nate's awesome striking, obviously good enough to look like his' strong suite, the matchup would at the very LEAST be entertaining- unlike Anderson's last few fights.

But I guess what I'm really trying to say is of all the middleweights in the UFC, Nate Marquardt would lose the best. ;)
ghostboner- May 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm
@Mr. Misanthropy - Elvira's cleav as Belchers armpit. Priceless.

I also love how it looks like Johnathan Cash Money is giving Cote a big wet goodnight smooch. MMMMMMMMMMMMAAA!
Koeikan- May 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm
This article sucks. Fire the author please.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm
If he gets on the horse meat diet it'll be Chris Farley.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm
Uuhuhhuh Thank ya thank ya very mush
Almost South- May 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm
i can dig it
Almost North- May 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm
Can we all admit that is a tattoo of toilet-clog era Elvis and move on?
Mr_Misanthropy- May 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Wow, that's creepy! Every time he puts a fella in a headlock, he turns Johnny Cash into an angry homo-sexcicle! Where's the tribute in that?

I heard if he loses to Maia he's sworn to cover up his cover up with a life-size portrait of Elvira. Her right boob will be on his elbow and her left one will just sit on his side, floating in space until its services are required.
Pacman- May 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm
awww Johnny Cash is giving Cote a little pecker on the cheek
whitey- May 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm
war belcher! give him the title shot after this. fuck anderson silva.
El Famous Burrito- May 28, 2010 at 11:21 am
Hey! That's what I've been saying for a year now!

Shaky- May 28, 2010 at 11:19 am
Belcher has been whining about not facing top competition and not headlining events...completely justifiably as well.....right....well now he's gonna have to face some high-level top of the food chain brazillian jiu jitsu and guess what he might just get fed on!
Mike Russell- May 28, 2010 at 11:13 am
I thought it was the guy from Beetlejuice...hxxp://
jimbonics- May 28, 2010 at 11:12 am

I thought maybe they were his initials in that silly gothic font, 'cause it kinda looks like it could be "A X B" where X is whatever the fuck. However I looked at his wiki and his name is John Alan Belcher. So who effin knows...
justscrappin- May 28, 2010 at 10:56 am
I see the want his tattoo's eyes.
jgrant- May 28, 2010 at 10:53 am
We've already seen what happens when Marquardt fights Anderson Silva. He was a top 5 middleweight so people said he should get a rematch (also his Street Fighter finish of Gouveia). Let's be real: Marquardt doesn't have a chance against Anderson. He's a striker and Anderson counterstrikes strikers into an easy victory every time.
El Famous Burrito- May 28, 2010 at 10:49 am
Thanks! I wonder what those Chinese characters said to make him want to cover them up with a giant awful Johnny Cash tattoo?

jimbonics- May 28, 2010 at 10:36 am
Yes sir!


There ya are.
BuckWild- May 28, 2010 at 10:34 am
I always thought his tatt was of Conway Twitty ??? No ?
El Famous Burrito- May 28, 2010 at 10:29 am

Your link cuts off the side of the page. Can you repost?
jimbonics- May 28, 2010 at 10:15 am
Great caption.

War Belcher!

and if you're curious as to WHY he has that tattoo... it was partially to cover-up an existing one. Anyone know what it says/means or why he felt the need to "replace" it?


(if you look closely at johnny's hair in the banner pic, you can see remnants)
Mikey- May 28, 2010 at 10:09 am
That was Nate's first lost since fighting Anderson, and no one has to guess what will happen when Chael wastes another fight on Anderson's dwindling contract. Marquardt (and the fans) deserved that fight regardless of the loss to MMA's only intentional decision-getter.
PortlandMMA- May 28, 2010 at 10:07 am
^ I agree sir
VisitingDeadAncestors- May 28, 2010 at 10:05 am
nice caption, but i thought the tattoo was a portrait of Joe Pesci.

PortlandMMA- May 28, 2010 at 10:03 am
Yeah but only because Belfort randomly got hurt and the Marquardt vs Sonnen fight was already set and if Nate would have won, he would have gotten a title shot.