Alan Belcher trains with Daniel Moraes in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Diego Marcello

Alan Belcher is getting ready to face Demian Maia at Ultimate Fight Night 22 on September 22. The Jiu-Jitsu black belt knows it will be no walk in the park against Demian on the ground. Thus, he’s repeating the winning formula from his last fight, when he submitted Patrick Cote with a rear-naked choke. Belcher works on his Jiu-Jitsu with Daniel Moraes and this time he’s doing so in Brazil.

Belcher rolls with Diego Moraes. Photo: Diego Marcello

Belcher is training at Gracie Ilha academy and the Jardim Guanabara Yacht Club, on the Ilha do Governador island neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Our collaborator Diego Marcello caught it all up close. One of the first questions out of the stalwart UFC fighter’s mouth was whether he’d be able to watch the Rio Open tourney that starts this Thursday in the Tijuca Tennis Club.

Another fighter who should show up in Brazil in the coming days is Kamal Shalorus of the WEC. Daniel Moraes will hold a super seminar on July 29 at the Jardim Guanabara Yacht Club, and the fighters will be there.