"I've got to scratch that one; we're both different fighters. He's still the same athlete and still a good grappler, but he's improved in a lot of different ways. I was looking at his most recent fights to go by. I wouldn't even have to train for him if I could just erase that and not know what he was going to do at all, I could go in there and he wouldn't take me down at all, as easy as he did then. Now he couldn't do the same thing to me again. That fight doesn't matter, and I'm a lot better at wrestling and grappling than I was then. Every second we're on the feet, I'm going to be bringing the pain to him. I'm going to make him not want to be in there with me. I want it worse than him, I want this win worse than any fight ever. If he can't get me down, he's going to be crapping his pants. Whenever I hit him, he's going to realize when he looks in my eyes that I want it a lot more than he does, and he's just going to be the best he can just fighting off his instincts, his heart's not really going to be in it because he's going to feel my heart and my ferocity. He will be scared." - Alan Belcher via MMAWeekly
To our knowledge here at FiveKnuckles.com we've never heard of anyone crapping their pants during a UFC bout, but Alan Belcher believes his Saturday night opponent could become the first to do so if he can't get Belcher to the ground.
The two first squared off at UFC 62 in 2006 where Okami used his superior wrestling to control Belcher for three rounds en route to an easy unanimous decision victory.
However, that was six years ago and Belcher claims to have dramatically improved his takedown defense, going 9-3 since the loss with big wins over Ed Herman, Denis Kang, Wilson Gouveia, Patrick Cote, Jason MacDonald and Rousimar Palhares.
He's yet to face another top-level wrestler like Okami since the loss however, and is eager to prove that he can get passed the Japanese star and on to bigger and better things in the middleweight division.