UFC middleweight Michael Bisping is known as one of the best trash-talkers in Mixed Martial Arts. Meanwhile, the man Bisping is set to battle at UFC 159 – Alan Belcher – is typically the polar opposite, showing respect to his adversaries and focusing his attention on training rather than trying to get the better of others in a verbal exchange. However, Belcher has strayed from his soft-spoken ways leading up to their scrap on Saturday night, directing a number of insults at “The Count” and even going so far as to bet both a tattoo and car on the clash.
Bisping has noticed the change in Belcher’s demeanor and, though he doesn’t fault his foe for trying to drum up attention, “The Count” made it clear to Bleacher Report it won’t result in anything other than embarrassment when the two finally lock horns…
“Alan Belcher, he’s trying to take a page out of my book or he’s trying to be Chael Sonnen. He’s being someone very, very different for this fight. I’m not quite sure I understand it. He’s trying to be all vocal, making video blogs and doing this and that, and he’s trying to convince himself he’s going to win the fight.”
“The reality of the situation is that his last fight he lost against Yushin Okami. Prior to that he was on a four-fight win streak. Now he’s coming off a loss and he’s co-main event. When he fought Yushin Okami he was a mid-card fighter, but now he’s fighting me and he’s co-main event. So, he’s trying to make the most out of the limelight. I commend him for that. Because after this fight no one’s going to give a sh*t about him. No one’s going to watch him. No one’s going to watch his stupid jiu-jitsu videos or go to his cocky little gym in the middle of nowhere. Good for him he’s making the most out of a good situation.”
“I’m aware who he is. Have I paid attention to his career? Not really. I’ve been focusing on main events and co-main events, legends and former champions. I wasn’t calling Joe Silva and saying ‘Hi Joe, can I have a mid-tier fight against an average fighter that not many people have heard of?’ That wasn’t where my attention and where my goals were. I don’t see an ultra impressive fighter if I’m honest though.”
SOURCE: Bleacher Report
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