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According to Teammate, Alan Belcher Given Medical Clearance to Fight; Expects to Return to the Octagon by Summer

Alan Belcher has been hinting for a while with tweets like the one above that he will soon be returning to the UFC.

"The Talent" has been sidelined since sustaining a career-threatening partially detached retina last summer while training for his UFN 22 bout with Demian Maia, but according to one of his Remix MMA students he has been given the OK by his eye specialist to compete once again and is eyeing (no pun intended) a May or June return to the Octagon.

Here’s what amateur fighter Rodney Derouen said about the situation on MixedMartialArts.com’s Underground forum today:

A Maia redo or a scrap with Bisping both sound good to me. Discuss.

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MyDonkeyPunch- February 1, 2011 at 4:21 am
Glad to see that he's back. Now let's hope he is able to fight Bisping and knock him into retardation.
youenjoyzedella- January 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm
Bisping is such an easy fight. Bisping is the gatekeeper of the division, and Belcher, I feel, is past proving his worth as a Middleweight. A fight with Bisping will only prove what we already know... that Alan Belcher is a much better, tougher, well rounded mixed martial artist than Bisping.

I'm with Videodrome on this one. A win against Marquardt, would make him top 5/6 in the division. All that would be left is Okami and Stann, and Sonnen.... (OK fine and Wandy)

With GSP on his way up to Middleweight, and the Spider already there, it's a bad time to weigh 185 lbs.
David_Banner- January 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm
The Bisping fight makes the most sense, imo. Probably not to Bisping because he thinks he should be fighting for the belt right now but to everybody else, thats the fight. Easily a co-main or Fight Night headliner.
David_Banner- January 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm
Man o man, my day would be made if the UFC announced Bisping VS Alan.
RwilsonR- January 31, 2011 at 6:14 pm
@ Videodrome - Interesting fights, and I like 'em. Everyone always calls out Bisping for obvious reasons, but those would be some good fights. I think Belcher would lose to Marquardt, but the Stann fight would be a toss up.
RwilsonR- January 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm
@ Dojojoe - You guess you're right man. It is pretty fucking stupid to think that about deaf people. I just thought I heard that shit from a reputable source at one point, but it sounded strange to me, too.

I guess my real question is who decides what is an acceptable disability and what is not? I know the answer is 'the bureaucrats in the athletic commissions', but it seems a little funny to me that poor-vision-in-one-eye isn't much worse than no-hearing. Kos' situation is a little different because he sustained the diminished capacity within the fight. Plus, in addtion to his diminished eye sight, he also had a broken fucking bone that hurts quite a bit (Randy Couture said a broken orbittal bone was the worst injury he has ever felt). I'm just saying that his eye isn't that much differnet than other definciencies that other fighters have who are licensed to fight.
Buff Frank Mir- January 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm
I'm a huge fan of alot of the Duke Roufus trained fighters, they are entertaining anger have a lot of potential!!
Buff Frank Mir- January 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm
this is great news! Belcher is one if my favs, I wake up every morning wondering how Alan is coming along. Now i can wake up and wonder he is kicking the shit out of next?
Videodrome_NOW- January 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm
Why not Belcher and Marquardt? It would make for an interesting fight. I'd also like to see him fight Brian Stann as well.
Tai-Pan- January 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm
@RwilsonR

I am way to lazy to look it up, but I am pretty sure the Kyle Maynard event was in a 'ho-bunk' state, so no atheltic commission to speak of. Alabama maybe? Seems sufficiently 'ho-bunk' from what I hear.

@Dojojoe

Joke dude, joke.
omunto- January 31, 2011 at 2:50 pm
@Dojojoe either you didnt get the reference or your sarcasm is black belt level
Dojojoe- January 31, 2011 at 2:18 pm
Did you see Kos V GSP II? Kos got his orbital bone fucked and couldn't see, that ended his night. Not being able to see is an extreme handicap in fighting whereas a deaf person doesn't really need hearing in a fight. I'm not sure what you mean by having no equilibrium and deaf people's heads being soft? Balance is controlled by the vestibular apparatus in your inner ear along with vision and some other factors, being deaf has no effect on this. Saying deaf people's heads are soft is just stupid, sorry.
Kevro- January 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm
belcher vs bisping, i want to see this bisbing bandwagon stopped.
NinjaNerd8- January 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm
Alot of people think Belcher beat Akiyama.... but he didn't. I really like the guy. He lost, though.
RwilsonR- January 31, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Glad to hear that Belcher didn't get a career-ending injury.

This is a serious question - how come Matt Hamill can be cleared and licensed to fight, but someone with severely diminished vision in one eye cannot be? I am aware that they won't be able to see things coming from one side, but I don't know that it would be any more debilitating or dangerous than not being able to hear. Plus, when you are deaf you have no equilibrium and your head is soft, so you have those things counting against you, as well.

If a commission would allow Kyle Maynard to fight, then a little eye injury shouldn't keep Belcher out. Although Maynard's fight was prob an amateur one. But still...
dflash- January 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm
It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

All jokes aside, I understand he is a fighter, but he could have lost his eyesight. He could be blind right now or possibly after any one of his fights. At this point he should really move on and find something else to do. The people close to him should be trying to convince him of the same. He faces the very real possibility of losing his eyesight for the rest of his life. How will Joe Silva feel if that happens? How will Alan Belcher and his wife feel?
jimbonics- January 31, 2011 at 12:53 pm
Great news. The Man in Black With Diabeetus on Some White Dudes Arm returns!
omunto- January 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm
I too thought he beat Akiyama but I wouldn't go as far to say it was Dunham v Sherk, but yes I was surprised to see Akiyama take the win. What I meant by that was he didn't look incredibly dominant against Akiyama, and a lackluster preformance against someone who is proving (in my opinion) to be a middle of the pack fighter (Akiyama) doesn't make me confident he can hang with someone like Maia.

I'm not discrediting him as a fighter, I just feel that another "second tier" fight against someone like Leben would be better.
El Famous Burrito- January 31, 2011 at 12:29 pm
Can't he jump up to LHw and fight Matt Hamill for the Handi-Capable Champion of the World?
whitey- January 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm
give him bisping.

@omunto
you don't know what you're talking about. a lot of people thought belcher beat akiyama.
cursed5- January 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Clay Guida does the best Belcher impression.
Get Off Me- January 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm
I think if Bisping gets a decision victory of Rivera than they should throw Belcher at him for sure.
Belcher vs. Maia was the original booking before Belchers injury and I liked Belcher as the dog in that fight, would like to get another crack at that fight because I think Belcher could win it.

Belcher is a great fighter, always exciting, well rounded and may only be behind 'fancy pants' as the fighter with the coolest shorts in mma.

@omu
Saying Belchers loss to Akiyama did not look good is like saying Evan Dunham's loss to Shawn Sherk didn't look good. Many people think Belcher's loss to Akiyama was controversial, it should not be held against him fighting Bisping or Maia, he's definitely in their league.
omunto- January 31, 2011 at 12:15 pm
His loss to Akiyama doesn't look so good now since Sexyama can't find a win. I say give him Leben. A win in that matchup for either guy puts them right back in the thick of it. Neither deserve a big name yet in my opinion, and a win over someone smaller wouldn't do as much to boost their credability as a top tier fighter in the division.
Smitty- January 31, 2011 at 12:14 pm
Here we go!!! Glad "The Talent" is cleared and ready to get his bang on. I hope they give him Bisping. That would be a good one.
Smitty- January 31, 2011 at 12:14 pm
@ Fried Taco
What did I tell you about that reading my mind shit??!!??
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