Alan Belcher walked into the Octagon at UFC 62 against Yushin Okami with both men making their UFC debuts. While Belcher was a relative newcomer, Okami had already fought all over the world and had wins over Ryuta Sakurai and current pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva.
Six years later Belcher is climbing into the cage for a second time with the Japanese combatant at UFC 155, but both are completely different fighters. Belcher isn’t worried about the takedowns of Okami this time, and although Belcher is very respectful of his opponent, he promises this go-round won’t be a repeat of the last tilt.
Belcher told MMAWeekly:
“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… f 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.”
On the first fight against Okami:
“Now he couldn’t do the same thing to me again. That fight doesn’t matter, and I’m a lot better at wrestling and grappling than I was then.”
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