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Alan Belcher out until November with back problem

One of the few fighters who made out better than before based on the recent saga surrounding UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones’ next title-defense is apparently Alan Belcher, the very man Jones’ next opponent – Vitor Belfort – was supposed to fight before being named as a last minute contender to the divisional crown. While Belfort’s removal from the bout may have seemed like a negative on the surface, as it turns out Belcher would have had to withdraw from the match-up anyways for health-related reasons.

“Everyone’s asking if I am mad at the UFC, Jones, (and) Belfort. (The) answer is no. This is a blessing in disguise. I have a spinal fracture,” posted Belcher in a message to fans on Twitter.

Fortunately, as bad as the injury sounds, it is apparently minor enough to only have him sidelined for a month. In fact, the Roufusport staple already has an opponent in mind for his return to the Octagon.

“With much respect I’d like Chris Weidman or another Top 5 on my return in November,” wrote Belcher.

The UFC currently has two cards scheduled for November with the most likely candidate being UFC 154 in Montreal. Belcher has won his last four fights with finishes in each, while Weidman remains unbeaten in his career and is considered to be one of the top middleweight contenders.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC