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Belcher does not want fast-track to Silva

ESPN staff
December 23, 2012
Alan Belcher wants to earn his shot at Anderson Silva © Getty Images

Alan Belcher admits a title shot against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is unlikely to happen in the near future.

Belcher takes on Yushin Okami at UFC 155 in the final event of 2012 in Las Vegas, and he is happy to make his way up the pecking order to earn the right to be No. 1 contender in the 185-pound division.

The American says he is prepared to pack out his schedule in 2013 against the likes of Michael Bisping, Vitor Belfort and Hector Lombard in order to pave the way for a showdown with Silva.

"After I beat Yushin Okami, I'm not going to be mad if the UFC doesn't have me fighting Anderson Silva in February or March," Belcher was quoted as saying by Bloody Elbow. "I want to make it realistic. I want to work for it.

"I want to legitimately beat everyone in the division with no questions asked. That means if I have to beat Lombard, Bisping, Belfort, [Chris] Weidman, all of them in 2013, that's what I'll do."

Belcher is confident he is well-prepared for Okami, who he lost to on his UFC debut in 2006, and believes variety will be the key to defeating the Japanese.

"He's good at what he does but at the same time, it's very easy to figure out what he's going to do," Belcher said. "He's very predictable. I have a lot of options with the things I can do.

"I have a lot of different styles and strategies I use. I have a lot of different ways to beat him where for him to win, he has to keep pressuring me and has to take me down. That's pretty much it."

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