With the recent revelation that his detached retina will likely heal enough (after the aid of more than one surgery) to allow him to continue his MMA career, Alan “The Talent” Belcher is keeping a close eye on the goings on in the UFC’s middleweight division. Belcher broke down the upcoming number one contender’s bout between Yushin Okami and Nate Marquardt in speaking with UFC.com, and revealed that his heart and his mind are in conflict over the fight.
“My pick is Marquardt,” Belcher said. “However I wouldn’t mind seeing Okami take the win so we could set up a rematch with him and me for my comeback fight.”
Belcher is referring his UFC debut, made at UFC 62 back in August of 2006, which saw him lost to Okami via unanimous decision. “The Talent” believes that Okami is an incredibly talented and tough competitor who only lacks in the ability to let his foot off of the brakes.
“Okami has all the tools and abilities to win but he has failed to fight to his full potential,” he said. “If he ever breaks out of his shell and quits being overly cautious he will be a beast.”
“The Talent” sees Marquardt as an equally threatening fighter whose biggest flaw may be a penchant for recklessness.
“Nate is always a dangerous opponent with athletic explosive striking and a lot of grappling experience,” Belcher said. “This well rounded fighter will give anyone in the division trouble but sometimes he’s a little wild and out of control and Okami could capitalize on this.”
Recovering from two surgeries to repair a potentially career-ending detached retina, there is currently no clear timetable as to when the Mississippi-based fighter will return and who he will face when he returns all comes down to timing.