“I want to fight Wanderlei Silva. And I think he needs to fight someone like me, a top young guy, to really stay in the mix. He needs to do that to stay a legit fighter and not just a legend selling pay-per-views because he has a name. He has to fight me to stay up there… I think a passing of the torch is the perfect way to put it… I feel I’m better than him. Wanderlei definitely poses a threat because he hits hard, is aggressive and has good conditioning, but at this point, I am more technical, well-rounded and I can beat him in any part of the game. I’m not saying it will be an easy fight, but I believe I can beat him and I’m ready to let the fans see what they want to see and prove that I’m that caliber. I want to make myself a legend off of this fight… He’s somebody I’ve wanted to fight for a long time. I’ve always wanted to sneak my way in there against him. I didn’t have the name before. Wanderlei is a legend. I think now I have a big enough name. This is the right thing to do at this point. When I come back, I’m going be one of the top contenders. It’s the right fight for the fans, the right fight for my career, the right fight for the rankings and the show. I want to beat a legend and get to the top.”

—Alan Belcher, via MMA Fighting, calling out Wanderlei Silva

Belcher added that he thinks he and Wanderlei, who has expressed interest in the job himself, would made make the perfect pair of coaches for TUF 13. I could definitely see Wand in a TUF coaching spot, but if that’s the direction they went, wouldn’t Chris Leben, who made his name on TUF and already established himself as the leading candidate for Wand’s comeback opponent, be the more logical choice? Calling other fighters out in the media works some of the time, but not all the time. I’m guessing Belcher’s attempt here will be the latter.

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