Tattoos and MMA – Alan Belcher

I would like to start by saying that I think Alan Belcher is awesome. He defied all odds by coming back from 2 surgeries to reattach his retina, to win in dominant fashion against tough veteran Jason MacDonald at UFC Fight Night 25. A detached retina is the kind of injury that is pretty much a career ender, and almost anyone else would have given up there. But not Alan Belcher. His aggressive style of muay thai is super exciting to watch, and the guy has the heart of a lion.

But…

He sports this monstrosity of a tattoo on his arm;

Apparently this is a tattoo of Johnny Cash, and thinking about it, it does look exactly like him. That is, of course, if his face was made of sick.

A lot of people have said that they think he got the tattoo before putting on muscle mass, and it has since stretched out. To be honest though, even if this is the case, it can’t have been very good in the first place. It’s a shame, because in a sport overrun with terrible tribal tattoos, a high quality colour portrait on a top tier fighter would be pretty awesome. Alas, tis not the case.

Maybe with his win bonus Alan will get some better work done. With his outstanding performance against MacDonald, he is probably only a win or two away from a title shot. With all the added attention that comes with high profile fights, he could use something nice to draw the attention away from Johnny Gash there.

Glad to see you back Alan. Well, most of you!

Fighter of the week – Pat ‘HD’ Barry

The past two fighter of the weeks I have picked have gone on to lose their next fights, so I damn well hope my preacher of deatch trend is bucked for this thickly thighed gentleman.

As soon as I saw him smash Dan Evenson’s legs and knees to pieces I was instantly a fan. I love a good low kick and HD provides them in droves. His butchering of Hardonk was inspiring but his most recent fight with Kongo has got to be one of the most insane I can remember. After dropping Kongo several times (all of which could have been deemed a finish by a lesser ref), he got caught and KOed himself. That fight is the personification of HD in my mind, balls to the wall, put it all on the line, and even in loss, putting on the best fight possible.

HD is fighting Stefan Struve on the main card of UFC Live 6 this Saturday. With the hilarious back and forth youtube videos between him and Struve, this is by far the fight I am looking forward to most on the card. One of my friends is also a short arse, so we are pulling for the ‘little’ guy on this one.

For Struve’s sake, I hope he is training with lumberjacks, otherwise Mike and Joe will be yelling TIMBER by the end of the first round!

Follow HD on twitter @HypeOrDie.