JB: On April 27th, at UFC 159 in New Jersey, you are scheduled to fight Alan Belcher. What do you think of the matchup and what Belcher has to offer as an opponent?
MB: I think it’s a great matchup. Alan Belcher’s been calling me out for years. I used to feel sorry for him really. I had nothing against the guy, just thought he was a bit of an idiot. Now with some of the things he’s saying, he’s upping the ante and pissing me off. He thinks he’s some great Thai boxer because he walks around in Thai shorts and he went to Phuket. I went to Thailand for three months, but I don’t go around talking about it all the time. He’s got decent Jiu-jitsu, but I don’t see his knockout power. He’s a middleweight so he should be capable of it, but I don’t see it. His Thai boxing is mediocre, at best. No doubt, he’s strong, but I’m better than him in all areas. If I lose, there is something seriously wrong. I’ve told my coaches that if I don’t win, you’re all f---ing fired because you’re doing something wrong.
JB: You are one of the top middleweights in the world right now. Who are some of the other middleweights that you respect or admire, and who are some of the ones that you want to fight or rematch?
MB: Obviously, I have the utmost admiration for Anderson Silva. He’s proven time and time again that he’s the best. I’m a big fan of Anderson Silva, his fighting style as well as him as a person. I’ve met him a few times, and he’s a good guy. But he’s also the guy I’d most like to fight as well. It would be a travesty if when I retire, I’ve never fought him. I’ve been close a few times. But that’s nobody’s fault but mine. It’s nobody’s fault but mine and some TRT and some clever doctors.
I’d like to rematch everyone I ever lost to. I’d like to fight Wanderlei again after that bullshit victory he had against me. I’d like to fight Chael again. Even he said I won that fight. I’d fight Rashad. I’d fight Henderson again too. He beat me fair and square, but I still want to fight him again. Obviously I can’t do anything without that fight coming up, seeing pictures of it on message boards. And, of course, I’d like another fight with the Bible-bashing Vitor Belfort, Vitor the boring bastard Belfort.