Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters look forward to the day when they get to avenge a loss.
On Dec. 29, 2012, Alan Belcher will get his chance to do just that when he steps into the Octagon to face Yushin Okami at UFC 155. "Thunder" is the man responsible for snapping Belcher's seven-fight win streak and gave him a rude welcome into the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) six years ago, outworking "The Talent" for 15 minutes at UFC 62 en route to a clean sweep on the judges' scorecards.
Many changes in six years, however, and Belcher declares his grappling has improved drastically since their initial encounter. To that end, "The Talent" knows Okami has improved, too. Though both fighters aren't the same they once were, Belcher feels he's tweaked his overall fight game much more to the point that, wherever the fight goes, he is confident he will prove victorious.
His strength, however, lies in striking game where Belcher says he will show his foe just how much he wants it, warning Okami that if he is unable to take the fight to the ground, a change of shorts may be in order.
He explains to MMA Weekly:
"Every second we're on the feet, I'm going to be bringing the pain to him. I'm going to make him make him not want to be in there with me. I want it worse than him, I want this win worse than any fight ever. If he can't get me down, he's going to be crapping his pants. Whenever I hit him, he's going to realize when he looks in my eyes that I want it a lot more than he does, and he's just going to be the best he can just fighting off his instincts, his heart's not really going to be in it because he's going to feel my heart and my ferocity. He will be scared."
Eat your cornhole out, Tim Sylvia.
Nonetheless, Okami has proven he has power in his hands, too, as evidenced by his last outing, defeating Buddy Roberts via second round technical knockout at UFC 150. However, Belcher -- winner of four straight fights -- proclaims he wants it more than his opponent and is eager to show the boy has now become a man.
How about it Maniacs, will history repeat itself in Las Vegas? Can Yushin snap "The Talent's" hot win streak yet again? Or will Belcher continue his winning ways and get some much-desired revenge in the process?