MMAJunkie.com is reporting that a middleweight match up between Alan Belcher and Jason MacDonald has been verbally agreed to for the impending UFC Fight Night 25 fight card.
Duke Roufus-trained Alan Belcher has been out of action since May of 2010, when he choked out Patrick Coté to make it two wins in a row. Following that victory, Belcher suffered a torn retina in training that threatened his career and required surgery. For a period of months, “The Talent’s” future as a pro fighter was up in the air, but his recovery has gone well and he’s now positioned to make his return to the UFC’s middleweight division. The 27-year-old sports a record of 16-6 overall and 7-4 in the UFC. Known primarily for his striking, he owns eight wins by KO/TKO, six by submission and two by decision. He has stated on several occasions that he believes he will one day challenge for and take the UFC middleweight championship.
Canadian fighter Jason MacDonald recently returned from his own career-threatening injury, which occurred at the same event on which Belcher defeated Coté. Facing John Salter, MacDonald’s leg snapped during a takedown attempt by his opponent, an injury which kept him out of action until UFC 129 last month, where he took out Ryan Jensen with a first round triangle choke. “The Athlete” is 25-14 overall and 6-6 in the UFC, having taken out notables like Chris Leben and Ed Herman.
UFC Fight Night: Battle on the Bayou is expected to take place on September 17 in New Orleans, Lousiana and will also likely feature a middleweight match up between Dong Yi Yang and Court McGee. Other bouts for the event have not been announced.