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Alan Belcher Says He Deserved to Lose His First Fight With Yushin Okami

December 28, 2012 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Alan Belcher recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his rematch with Yushin Okami this weekend at UFC 155. Check out the highlights:

On getting a rematch against Okami: “I didn’t think of it at all as wanting to get the rematch. I took that (first) fight on short notice, I was really inexperienced, and I killed myself to make weight in that fight. I just didn’t do things right. I basically starved myself. Not to make a list of excuses, but everything was wrong. And then on top of everything, he was just better, he was more experienced than me, and he was a better grappler. I tried hard, but I just wasn’t on that level.”

On other fighters turning down a potential matchup with him: “But those fights will have to happen soon, so I took the Yushin fight, and I trained my ass off for it, and I’m feeling pretty good.”

On a ptoential title shot in 2013: “The last few years, I haven’t been consistently fighting the top guys. I’m not looking for any shortcut (to a title shot). I know there are more tough guys in the division. I just need to keep fighting and be more consistent. Time goes by, and people forget (about your title worthiness). … But I’m happy. I’m in a good place because I’ve beaten a lot of people in the division. There are only a couple people that are at the top that I can fight. I know there aren’t many people (after Okami), so there’s not much left, and then it’ll be legit and a more clear picture.”

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