Though he’s still months away from resuming training for his UFC return from a career-threatening eye injury, middleweight contender Alan Belcher has his sights set on a matchup with Wanderlei Silva in his comeback fight next year.
“I want to fight Wanderlei Silva,” Belcher recently told MMA Fighting. “And I think he needs to fight someone like me, a top young guy, to really stay in the mix,” he said. “He needs to do that to stay a legit fighter and not just a legend selling pay-per-views because he has a name. He has to fight me to stay up there.”
Belcher went on the admit Silva won’t be an easy matchup, but feels it’s one he’s more than capable of winning.
“I am more technical, well-rounded and I can beat him in any part of the game,” Belcher said. “I’m not saying it will be an easy fight, but I believe I can beat him and I’m ready to let the fans see what they want to see and prove that I’m that caliber. I want to make myself a legend off of this fight. … I think a passing of the torch is the perfect way to put it.”
Belcher (16-6) has won 4 of his last 5, dropping a controversial decision to Yoshihiro Akiyama before earning wins over Wilson Gouveia and Patrick Cote, while Silva (33-10-1) is coming off a win over Michael Bisping, but is recovering from knee surgery and recently said he hopes to fight Chris Leben in April in Toronto.