Talented UFC middleweight fighter Alan Belcher has had a tumultuous several months. After suffering a detached retina that threatened to end his MMA career this summer, Belcher has been left nursing the surgically repaired eye and basing the future of his career on the success of his recovery. “The Talent” spoke with MMAFighting.com today and revealed the good news that his recovery is going well and that he is looking to make a return to the UFC this year.
“There’s no doubt I miss it, I miss it bad,” Belcher said of his absence from training. “I was the kind of guy I’d be training almost every day. You’d have to make me stop because I love it so much. But I did it because it was fun and it makes me feel good about myself. This has been the longest break I’ve taken from training in my entire sports life. I’ve trained every week, almost every day since I was a kid. I started martial arts at eight years old and haven’t missed more than a week, so it was really weird doing nothing for months.”
Belcher revealed that he has been cleared to train light cardio and technique and that his damaged eyesight is consistently improving.
“Dr. Semple’s done a real great job being with me every step of the way,” Belcher said. “My depth perception has to adjust, but it’s coming back. At first, just walking down the stairs was tricky, it looked like you had to go further, but it’s all coming back. I’m super-happy, it’s really amazing and the news is outstanding.”
Holding an overall record of 16-6, Belcher promised not to return to form but to come back better than ever. The Biloxi, Mississippi-stationed fighter pledged to develop his mind and body in order to eventually grab UFC middleweight gold.
“They need to look out for a totally new fighter coming into the division,” he said. “My whole mindset is changing. I’m working on my mental game, figuring out what it takes to be the best in that division and that’s what I’m going to make happen. I’m going to use this opportunity to come back better and smarter. Don’t expect Alan Belcher to come back slacking or rusty. I will come back better. I will not lose. I will beat whoever is on top, I’ll get my title shot, and I’m going to be be world champion.”
Belcher last appeared in action at UFC 113 in May of this year, where he choked out Patrick Cote via rear naked choke in the second round.