Alain Ngalani finding new motivation in special rules bout with Vitor Belfort – BJPENN.COM

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Alain Ngalani has been given the momentous task of welcoming former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort to ONE Championship, and he relishes that challenge. In fact, its providing him with new motivation after a prolonged period of listlessness.

Ngalani, who hails from Cameroon and now lives in Hong Kong, says the bout will most likely occur in the ONE light heavyweight division under a modified rule setthough the pertinent details are still being hashed out. The date of this showdown is also a moving target amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Whatever the case, Ngalani is fired up for the opportunity to step onto the canvas with a legend like Belfort. He views this fight as the perfect opportunity to get back on track after a tough loss to former Cage Warriors champ Mauro Cerilli and a stretch of diminishing motivation.

Vitor Belfort is a legend, theres no denying that, Ngalani said of his adversary. To me its a privilege to meet him in ONE Championship. Im looking to redeem myself and this fight is bringing me a lot of excitement. It brings the motivation and lights a new fire in me.

We as fighters go through a lot. We go through injuries, we go through ups and downs, and sometimes we lose ourselves. You lose yourself, and youre there but youre notthere.Youre lacking that fire, youre lacking that thing you need to identify and find yourself again. I feel very blessed to have this opportunity because its bringing joy to my training, its bringing excitement, its bringing the fire, and thats what I needed. I needed something to wake me up.

While Ngalani is thrilled about the opportunity at hand, the task of beating Belfort will not be an easy one. That being said, the kickboxing specialist likes his chances particularly under a special rule set that will most likely emphasize the striking side of the mixed martial arts arsenal.

The rules will be altered, he said. If we base it on striking, Im pretty happy with that.

Ngalani also believes his size and physicality could be a big factor in this matchup. He naturally floats around ONEs light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions, whereas Belfort will likely have to hit the weight room to bulk up for this matchup.

I can see his training [on social media], Ngalani said. I can see hes training with some big, tough guys, and thats good for him.

My size hasnt changed, he added. Im naturally this size. Im very comfortable walking around at this weight, and I think thats an advantage for me. Im not forcing it.

Despite his confidence, Ngalani recognizes hell be an underdog in this matchup. Hes 44 years old, and 4-5 in MMA, so his doubters will have plenty of ammunition.

They can only motivate me, Ngalani said when asked about the people counting him out in this fight. Ive heard it all. Ive heard a lot of negative comments, and so on, and fair enough. You know, I went into MMA just to have fun and compete and challenge myself, and sometimes I felt, in my last few fights, that I wasnt there. There were also injuries that I was dealing with. [All of that] brought my record to what it is, and its not in my favor, and it doesnt reflect greatly on me.

I can understand people saying negative things about me, but it doesnt take away from the fact that I remain who I am. I remain dangerous, I remain athletic. I remain a very capable knockout artist.

Alain Ngalani considers this Vitor Belfort matchup the biggest fight of his combat sports career in MMA, kickboxing or Muay Thai. Needless to say, hes going to be overjoyed if he can prove his doubters wrong and win it.

Its going to be awesome, he said, envisioning the win. Its one of those rare moments where you have an opportunity, and you go out there and you do what you do best. This is what I do best. I love this sport, and a moment like that [beating Belfort], I cant imagine. Im so excited that words cant describe it.

I respect Vitor. Hes a great athlete. But at the end of the day, were going to go out there and draw swords. After that, Ill still have 100 percent respect for him, no matter the outcome of the fight, but Im going there to take that [win].

This article first appeared onBJPENN.comon 4/30/2020.

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