Before tonight, Alan “The Talent” Belcher’s last appearance in the cage came in May of 2010 against Patrick Cote, in a fight he won via second-round submission. That victory made it two in a row for Belcher, but his momentum would skid to a halt there after he detached a retina in training. The injury was severe enough that it required two surgeries and kept the future of Belcher’s MMA career in limbo for some time.
With diligence and patience, Belcher found his way back into the cage, appearing tonight at UFC Fight Night 25 against Jason MacDonald. Watching Belcher, it was hard to guess that he hadn’t competed in more than a year: he came out a man possessed, determined to make it as hard a night as possible for The Athlete.
Belcher easily avoided MacDonald’s takedown attempts and remained on top when he finally dragged the action to the mat. Once there, he never gave up position, pounding away at the grappling specialist until he submitted verbally.
“I didn’t know if I ever was going to fight again and I know tonight this is what I want to do,” Belcher said post-fight. “I want to pursue that belt. I’m back, baby.”
Belcher, who warned that his ground game is now as potent as his striking, improved to 17-6 with the win and is now on a three-fight winning streak; MacDonald falls to 25-15.
UFC Fight Night 25 went down at the Ernest N. Morial Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.