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Round 1: MacDonald quickly looks for the takedown, which Belcher avoids and uses to press MacDonald into the fence. MacDonald turns him and drops for the takedown, though he eventually pulls guard instead. Belcher is starting to land some heavy punches from MacDonald’s guard, ref Dan Miragliotta is taking a close look at the action. MacDonald looks for the kimura, but Belcher avoids and takes side control. Belcher cracks MacDonald with some hard right hands, which cause him to look for a submission. Belcher pours it on again and it’s too much for MacDonald, who wilts and calls for an end.
Alan Belcher defeated Jason MacDonald via verbal submission (strikes) at 3:48 of round 1
Belcher, “I didn’t know if I was ever going to fight again…I’m back baby.”
The Talent says he’s not the same fighter he was, his ground game is as potent as his striking.