In addition to sporting MMA’s most prominent Johnny Cash tattoo, Alan “The Talent” Belcher has established himself as one of the UFC’s more promising middleweight contenders. The Duke Roufus-trained scrapper has compiled an impressive list of victories in the promotion and has made good on his nicknamesake in most all of his outings.
“The Talent” was almost removed from the UFC’s ranks — and any promotion’s, for that matter — after suffering a detached retina in training. Belcher suffered the potentially career-threatening injury in August and was in limbo until recently, when it was clear that his recovery after undergoing several surgeries was going well. The Mississippi-stationed fighter recently spoke with Sherdog.com, to whom he revealed that a fall return is likely in the cards.
“Right now, I’m planning to come back in September,” said Belcher. “Everything is looking good so far, and I’m glad to be back in training. The time off was good for me. I got to see things from a different point of view. It made me realize just how lucky I was to be a fighter. It’s truly a gift that I’ve been given, but now I’m ready to be back as good or better than I’ve ever been.”
For his return, Belcher has his eyes on big names like Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Demian Maia — the man he was supposed to face last September before incurring the eye injury — and, like almost every other fighter in the division, Michael Bisping.
“Bisping is an a–hole who disrespects the sport and his opponent,” said Belcher. “A fight between me and Michael Bisping is something everybody wants except for Michael Bisping. It would be amazing to sign that fight and have him come to my backyard. He always gets to fight in Britain and other places, but it’d be good to see him come down to Louisiana. I’d love for that to be my comeback fight.”
Belcher owns a 16-6 professional record, with eight of his wins coming by way of KO or TKO, six by submission and two via decision. His most recent outing — which took place at UFC 113 in May of 2010 — saw Belcher submit Patrick Cote via rear-naked choke in the second round.