Don't look now, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight division just got exciting again.
Not long after the world's largest fight promotion imported former Bellator 185-pound champion Hector Lombard, longtime "Talent," Alan Belcher, has re-emerged as one of the latest and greatest title contenders.
Yes, Alan Belcher.
His sensational technical knockout (TKO) win over Rousimar Palhares at last Saturday night's (May 5, 2012) UFC on FOX 3 event in New Jersey got people talking, but Belcher has been doing work long before he finished "Toquinho," racking up an 8-2 record over his last 10 fights with seven finishes.
A career-threatening eye injury took him out of the equation temporarily, but now he's back, looking better than ever and ready to prove he's championship material by putting perennial middleweight contender and "professional point fighter" Michael Bisping to sleep.
Those comments (via Bloody Elbow) after the jump.
"Bisping, of course, is getting to be a professional point fighter, and he's kind of hard to beat like that. That fight would be a nice payday, and a big fight for the media, so I'm kind of leaning towards that one. It would make sense, and the fans would love it. I can almost feel the energy I would get from the fans if I put him to sleep. I can already kind of feel the kind of smack talking that he would be doing, and I think that he just honestly believes that he's better than he is. I don't think he respects me or considers me to be one of the top guys. It would feel good to beat him, but I don't want to let those type of personal emotions get in the way of what's really important, and that's competing for the world championship and winning."
Bisping is expected to throw hands opposite Tim Boetsch at the UFC 149 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 21 in Calgary. A win for "The Count" will likely put him back "in the mix" for a potential run at the division title.
Will Belcher be there waiting for him?
Let's get some thoughts on this fantasy match-up, Maniacs, anyone like the possible pairing?
Who takes it?