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Alan Belcher Out of ‘UFC Fight Night 22′ Main Event Due to Detached Retina

("That’s it, go to sleeeeeeep." Alan Belcher and his little friend Johnny gang up on Patrick Cote at UFC 113. Photo courtesy of ESPN.)

UFC middleweight contender (and unapologetic baby-choker) Alan Belcher confirmed yesterday that he won’t be able to headline UFC Fight Night 22 against Demian Maia, due to a detached retina. As he wrote:

While I was in brazil I started losing my vision in my right eye. I saw a dr that told me to go back to u.s. immediately. My friend/surgeon from biloxi got me an emergency surgery scheduled in alabama now just trying to recover. No contact for 6 weeks. Sorry to my trainers. Sorry to ufc & demian Maia, I know he has been training specifically for me. Sorry to my fans as well. As long as I get released from dr I will try to make ufn 22 to see my fans and watch the fights

In response, Demian Maia tweeted: "I dont know who will be my oponent. I think I still in the UFN 22 main event, but Im not sure. Ill let you guys know…"

In other words, Chris Leben should probably start warming up. The current lineup of UFN 22 (September 15th, Austin) is after the jump.

Matt Wiman vs. Mac Danzig (LW)
Jim Miller vs. Gleison Tibau (LW)
Ross Pearson vs. Cole Miller (LW)

Efrain Escudero vs. John Gunderson (LW)
Nick Catone vs. Tomasz Drwal (MW)
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Jared Hamman (LHW)
Rich Attonito vs. Rafael Natal (MW)
– Anthony Waldburger vs. David Mitchell (WW)

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Mike Russell- August 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm
If I was Joe Silva, I'd be on a phone to Vitor telling him to be ready for Maia next month.
Viva Hate- August 2, 2010 at 10:36 am
Alan Belcher’s tattoo is so bad, Wayne Newtown, the estate of Johhny Cash, and Elvis are all considering law suits.

Alan Belcher’s tattoo is so bad the artist who did it retired from his trade.

Alan Belcher’s tattoo is so bad Melvin Costa can’t even look at it.

cwr- August 2, 2010 at 10:19 am
I love the fact that it looks like fat Johnny Cash is singing Cote a little lullaby as Belcher puts Cote to sleep.
mthomas- August 2, 2010 at 9:48 am
Anyone think it looks like Johnny Cash is snuggling up to Cote in this picture? Just a hideous tattoo...
danomite- August 2, 2010 at 9:26 am
i don't think your supposed to be flying with a detached retina so it's probably a good thing that he got as far away from Brazilian doctors as possible.
newdeal- August 2, 2010 at 8:51 am
that sucks, I would love to see Leben in there as a replacement the guy is probobly ready to go and would probobly be willing. Unlike Koscheck who just talked about it Leben may actually fight 10 times this year lol
Dagnut- August 2, 2010 at 7:58 am
Whats Wayne Newton doing in the mix?
Videodrome_NOW- August 2, 2010 at 7:56 am
Leben or Nate Quarry rematch.