The guy has 42 fights under his belt and a jiu-jitsu black belt, but Alan Belcher says Denis Kang, making his UFC debut on Saturday, should be very afraid. Belcher, nicknamed "The Talent", is an intriguiging prospect but he's never shown consistency in seven UFC fights. His striking can be dynamic at times and so can his mouth:
"I heard that (Kang) was coming to the UFC and I had Duke (trainer Duke Roufus) call the matchmaker and see if I could get a hold of him first before he got settled in. I think that's a good time to fight some of the guys, their first time in the UFC."
Neil Davidson from the Canadian Press says, "Be careful what you wish for."
Belcher was destroyed the last time he faced a Canadian fighter, Jason Day at UFC 83. He chalked that up to a poor weight cut. He normally walks around between 210-215 pounds and had to lose 13 pounds on weigh-in day to get to 185.
He thinks Kang will be desperate to take him down because his striking is too good for most UFC fighters to handle:
"If I could fight the guys in the UFC in a Muay Thai fight, I think I would destroy them, it wouldn't even be close. I wouldn't have to hold back. But you've got to worry about the takedowns and stuff like that. My main thing is working the footwork and a lot of boxing. We use the boxing to stop the takedowns and the footwork, and then also to set up the kicks and my clinch and stuff."
Belcher says the work is paying off because he's next to impossible to take down:
"I'm getting to the point where it's hard for anybody to take me down," warned Belcher, a purple belt in jiu-jitsu. "I mean he's going to have to work really hard. If he's on his best day, his best performance, it's still going to be hard for him to take me down at all and then if he does then I've got a couple of tricks up my sleeve for him. You never know, I'm might slap a triangle or something on him."
That's an interesting prediction considering that Kang has been submitted just once in 27 fights since early 2003. Davidson always pulls out interesting nuggets. Did you know that Kang turned down a slot on the first season of the Ultimate Fighter? If he was part of that middleweight cast, you'd have to think he would've had a good shot to win. Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian, both now fighting at 155, squared off in the finale.
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