Middleweight contender Alan Belcher’s dream of eventually competing for a UFC championship has been temporarily put on hold, as the Duke Roufus product recently suffered a “detached retina” while training in Brazil. As a result of the injury “The Talent” has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against submission-specialist Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 22 on September 15th in Austin, Texas.
An apologetic and understandably disappointed Belcher explained the situation in further detail on his Twitter account…
“While I was in Brazil I started losing my vision in my right eye. I saw a doctor that told me to go back to (the USA) immediately. My friend/surgeon from Biloxi got me an emergency surgery scheduled in Alabama now just trying to recover. No contact for six weeks. Sorry to my trainers. Sorry to UFC and Demian Maia, I know he has been training specifically for me. Sorry to my fans as well. As long as I get released from doctor I will try to make UFN 22 to see my fans and watch the fights.”
The 16-6 Belcher has finished two consecutive opponents, Patrick Cote and Wilson Gouveia, since dropping a razor-thin decision to Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 100. The performances brought his record to 7-4 in the Octagon including wins in four of his last five bouts.