Alan Belcher wants a middleweight title shot. The winner of Chris Weidman vs. Mark Munoz will have something to say about that, but considering the tear the Talent is on, it may be hard to deny him.
In just his second fight since recovering from eye surgeries, Belcher staked his claim on the No. 1 contender’s position with arguably the finest performance of his career by stopping Rousimar Palahares at 4:18 of the first round. He spent a good two minutes Belcher rolled to survive Palhares’ trump card, the heel hook. Once Belcher escaped, he mounted Palhares to unleash a flurry of elbows that doomed the submission specialist.
A winner of four straight, Belcher improved to 18-6 and 9-4 in the UFC. After the fight he told Joe Rogan he belongs in the top spot at 185.