Watching Alan Belcher fight last night at UFC Fight Night 25, it was hard to tell that he was coming off over a year-long layoff due to a severe eye injury which threatened to end his fighting career.
The Talent absolutely steamrolled Jason MacDonald en route to a first round win via verbal submission due to strikes on the ground, proving that he suffered little ill-effect from his mandatory hiatus. The fight continues the 27-year-old’s winning streak, which is now at three consecutive fights. Speaking at the post-fight press conference (props to MMAFighting.com for the quotes), Belcher admitted that, despite the outcome of the bout, the long absence from action played on his nerves greatly pre-fight.
“Even up until tonight, I was kind of uncertain of what I wanted to do,” Belcher said. “I gave my all in this training camp and everything, but I was nervous as hell going into this fight, coming back.”
The Mississipi resident also spoke of how his time away from the sport has granted him perspective in regards to his career; specifically, the layoff helped him cultivate a much more patient attitude when it comes to chasing down a title shot.
“I still want to take it one fight at a time,” Belcher said. “Before I had the injury, I was in such a hurry to try and get a bunch of wins and get to the top and everything. Through this whole experience, it just taught me to be a lot more patient. I’ve got a feeling that the title shot is going to come faster than I want it to now, so I’m not really worried about it now.”