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Report: Alan Belcher vs. Vitor Belfort Being Targeted for UFC 153 in Rio

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If you are the type of MMA fan that gets his news from CagePotato and only CagePotato, we’d like to thank you for your dedication. Surely you will be rewarded in the afterlife for your selfless sacrifice. At the same time, you’ve more than likely missed out on all of the middleweight calamity that has happened over the past few days, as we deemed it less important than photos of mutilated hands, anti-Mandy Moore smear campaigns, and things of that nature. Clearly we made the right choice, but like we said, we appreciate your dedication.

To sum up the middleweight soap opera in a few sentences, Vitor Belfort tried to call out Chris Weidman, stating both a respect for the fact that Weidman is the top dog at 185 (as we previously stated), and realizing that a win over Weidman would be the easiest path to another shot at Anderson Silva. Weidman promptly denied Belfort, claiming that he had all the respect in the world for the former LHW champ, but simply put, “[he] had his shot” and “right now is my time.”

Meanwhile, in the outskirts of Mississippi, Johnny Cash enthusiast Alan Belcher switched his sights from Michael Bisping to that of Vitor Belfort, which seemed appropriate to us considering that we also called for this matchup. Being that there is no way in hell that a fight between Belfort and Belcher could be anything short of extraordinary, for reals this time, we imagine that most of you agreed with us.

Well, it appears that the dominoes are falling into place like a house of cards, because Belfort and Belcher have verbally agreed to face one another at UFC 153 in Rio, via their respective Twitter accounts.

Belcher hinted at the fight yesterday with the following:

“My next fight will be the biggest of my career! I may be taking a trip down south, very south. #UFC #belcher4champ

“I will fight anyone.although I want to fight someone who will challenge me!I want to fight @vitorbelfort in his home country in October #UFC

To which Vitor responded:

#belcher lets make this fight #ufcrio in oct 13″

Although there has yet to be an official confirmation from the UFC as of this writing, the fight is listed on both men’s Sherdog pages, and you gotta imagine that this will be booked in the immediate future. Not only is Vitor a huge draw in Brazil, but the aforementioned fireworks are all but guaranteed when these two collide.

Belfort has picked up two straight stoppage wins since ending up on Anderson Silva’s highlight reel at UFC 126, first pummeling Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133, then choking Anthony Johnson’s fat ass right out of the UFC at UFC 142. He was scheduled to face off against long time rival Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147, but suffered a hand injury in training that forced him to pull out from the main event matchup. Currently, oddsmakers have Belfort as a slight favorite over Belcher, but also have the likelihood of “The Phenom” withdrawing due to last minute injury at -1600.

Belcher, on the other hand, has scored four straight victories in the UFC, most recently telling said oddsmakers to go f*ck themselves by pounding out the heavily favored Rousimar Palhares at UFC on FOX 3. Belcher has also finished five of his last 6 opponents inside of the second round, and has not truly lost since getting upset by Jason Day at UFC 83 (yes, I am saying that his UFC 100 fight with Sexyama was a draw at worst. Deal with it.).

UFC 153 is scheduled to go down at the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro on October 13th.

Who do you like for this, Potato Nation?

-J. Jones

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Stranglaitis- July 26, 2012 at 12:15 am
People are under estimating Belchers stand up( been studying stand up just a few years less than he has his groundwork and has stayed multiple times in Thailand when he was still up and coming 8 years ago). Belfort does have good boxing but Belcher has good kickboxing and his take down defense is enough to give him the edge on their feet(even though we know Vitor is not going for any). if Vitor attacks heavy belcher is going to clinch to stop the rush and reestablishing his distance. Don't be surprised when Vitor gets finished.
Get Off Me- July 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm
If Belcher opens up at +250 range, count me in.
Crow42- July 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm
Vitor gonna destroy this dude
ESP since its gonna be held in brazil
hybrid.fighter- July 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm
Mark my words this is Belcher's fight. He will surprise people by tagging Belfort on the feet, then I see him finishing the fight via GnP or Darce choke in the second round. Im a believer in the hype behind Belcher, every time he steps into the octagon he his improved. I still wouldn't say he is great in any one aspect of MMA but he is damn GOOD in all aspects of the game.
The12ozCurls- July 25, 2012 at 9:55 am
We - the Potato Nation - should ALL be backing Belcher.
Kinda goofy - big underdog - bad tats - physical ailments - he is one of us. Up yours Fletch. lol
Fletch the V Stretch- July 25, 2012 at 10:59 am
No to mention bro, Belfort has Jesus power. Don't f with Jesus power.
Fletch the V Stretch- July 25, 2012 at 10:58 am
Haha. Speak for yourself Curls. I have 0 tats, no physical ailments apart from the over-sized appendage that swings to and fro, can certainly be deemed goofy though. I am not saying I don't like Belcher or want him to lose. All I am stating is that I see Belfort and those lighting quick thangs he throws KO'n Belcher. We shall see. For the most part, if Belfort hits you in the face.. you drop. Pretty simple.
The12ozCurls- July 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm
We are all a bit goofy - and elaphantitis of the clitoris is probabaly considered a physical ailment. But I will still root for Belcher.
TellaTruth- July 25, 2012 at 9:00 am
I am backing belcher. He is hungry and has got potential. He has been showing promise since before getting screwed at the akiyama fight. He fights like a guy who loves to fight, not a guy who fights because he is a fighter. ...despite having the worst tattoo in all of mma!
blackboxmma- July 25, 2012 at 8:43 am
tough to win in brazil but at this point in their careers belcher is better
Fletch the V Stretch- July 25, 2012 at 8:26 am
I got a fried taco for lunch.
Dizzylittlelord- July 25, 2012 at 8:02 am
belfort is too good standing up for belcher. i really dont get the hype behind belcher. if he finishes vitor then yea ill give him his probs but he hasnt done anything great yet
Fried Taco- July 25, 2012 at 7:31 am
I got Belcher via heel-hook.
Fletch the V Stretch- July 25, 2012 at 7:02 am
I got Belfort via KO.