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Alan Belcher cleared to fight by summer

(It’s all uphill from here, buddy.)

I’ve gained a reputation for being somewhat reactive, negative and focused on the dark side of the sport.  It’s truly wonderful for me when I can pull up an MMA site and find some news that leaves me pleasantly surprised and smiling ear to ear. Courtesy of Cage Potato, this was one of those stories:

Alan Belcher has been hinting for a while with tweets like the one above that he will soon be returning to the UFC.

“The Talent” has been sidelined since sustaining a career-threatening partially detached retina last summer while training for his UFN 22 bout with Demian Maia, but according to one of his Remix MMA students he has been given the OK by his eye specialist to compete once again and is eyeing (no pun intended) a May or June return to the Octagon.

Belcher is one of my favorite fighters to watch, recipient of two FOTN and two SOTN in his last four bouts (including a barnburner against Akiyama at 100 that I still feel he won) and sick MT skills.  I can’t wait to see him back in the Octagon, especially after a potential career-ending injury.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    So fucking happy to hear that. I wish eye injuries on no one.

  • frickshun

    I’m glad he’s gonna be able to fight again. But he doesn’t thrill me in the cage.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Yeah, he has good basics, but never puts them together into anything.

  • glassjawsh

    and i feel that you’re still wrong about the sexyama-mama fight

  • Trol

    I have been a big fan of Belcher since that KO of Jorge Santiago back at Fight Night 7. That was a good fight and head kick KO in the 3rd to end it. I have been following him ever since. I have met him a few times and he is a great, down to earth guy.

    He was on the right road and putting everything together right before his injury. I hope he doesn’t suffer any cage rust after being out for a year.

  • Rodriguez

    What the hell, Subs, is this article about you or Belcher? Jesus.

  • frickshun

    Subes just wants us all to know what gets him engorged when Cerrone’s sister isn’t available.