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Alan Belcher to Dip His Toe Back Into the UFC Middleweight Pool Against Jason MacDonald at UFN 25 in September

(“I’m fighting Jason who??”)

The UFC announced today that UFC middleweight contender Alan Belcher‘s first fight back from a career-threatening eye injury will be against New Glasgow, Nova Scotia native Jason MacDonald in the Biloxi, Mississippi native’s backyard of New Orleans, Louisiana on September 17. The event is aptly named UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou.

4-1 in his last 5 outings including wins over Wilson Gouveia, Patrick Cote, Denis Kang and Ed Herman and a questionable split decision loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama, Belcher (16-6) was mentioned as a potential championship contender before a detached retina sidelined him for almost a year. Although MacDonald (25-15) is by no means a cake walk fight for Belcher, it’s likely that the bout with the recently re-signed Canadian is thought of by the UFC brass as more of a tune-up fight for “The Talent.”

Following a disappointing 0-2 finish to his last UFC stint in as many fights his last time around in the promotion, MacDonald, like Belcher is now also 4-1 in his last outings. The difference between both fighter’s similar recent records is the level of competition they faced. MacDonald’s wins came against UFC cast-offs Matt Horwich, Solomon Hutcherson and Vernon White. After a horrific leg break cost him his last fight early in the first round of his UFC return bout at UFC 113 last May, MacDonald rebounded in his next fight to finish Ryan Jensen by triangle choke at UFC 129 in Toronto in April. Jensen, who was 2-4 in the Octagon was let go as a result of the loss.

The promotion also announced today that TUF 11 winner Court McGee will also take on Dong Yi Yang on the card.

McGee (13-1) hasn’t fought since defeating Jensen (again by triangle choke) at UFC 121 in October because of an MCL tear that forced him out of  a planned UFC 131 bout with Jesse Bongfeldt. He’ll have a tough customer to deal with in Yang (10-1), who is 1-1 in the Octagon after rebounding from a loss against Chris Camozzi at UFC 121 with an impressive TKO win over Rob Kimmons at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann this past March.

The UFC did not mention whether or not the Belcher-MacDonald fight would act as the night’s main event or whether or not NOLA native Pat Barry will be on the card, but there’s a good possibility of both being announced in the coming weeks.

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DangadaDang- May 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm
McGee won by arm triangle choke.
Kid Clam Curtains- May 27, 2011 at 9:28 am
MacDonald is going to look like he was in a car accident again. Then be fired again.
LOKI- May 27, 2011 at 8:08 am
A detached retina can be re-attatched to relatively 'like new' efectiveness. A torn retina can be repaired in most cases but is always more fragile to be re-injured much like ACL/MCL tears. But its compex and minute tissue with ever deminishing returns. He could always get a cadaveric retinal transplant but not likely with an occupation listed as 'cage fighter'.
Fried Taco- May 27, 2011 at 7:27 am
So my question is, if Zach has torn retinas and can't fight again without possibly going blind, how did they fix Belcher's retina so he can fight?
Smitty- May 27, 2011 at 6:56 am
@ Mongrel
"Chump"???? Woooooooow.
LOKI- May 27, 2011 at 5:12 am
So when he gets subbed by a canadian ginger will he cut it out with all the 'I can beat Silva and I should be on posters' nonsense?
Mongrel- May 27, 2011 at 1:42 am
"a questionable split decision loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama"
There's no question about it, he was fucking robbed.
I think Belcher is the most underrated fighter in the UFC. The guy can throw hard, take punches and seems to have better cardio than anyone else.
I really hope he can beat this chump and keep the momentum going. He deserves it.
PERPATRAITOR- May 27, 2011 at 1:33 am
Finally Belcher FTW!!!
Smitty- May 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm
This fight will be f'in epic!!! I just hope CungwantsCookies comes out unscathed.
smiledriver- May 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm
He kinda looks like the late great Loose Canon Brian Pillman.
Trouser Snake- May 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm
A fight between two souless gingers. Winner gets a soul
skeletor- May 26, 2011 at 7:06 pm
Belcher has been off for a year and while he is good and had some good momentum going that is all up in the air now. McDonald is no one to sleep on and could easily pull out a pretty big upset here.
TellaTruth- May 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm
That should b a good scrap. Belcher is underrated with something to prove. He definitely got screwed in the Akiyama fight.

That leg break was HORRIFIC. McDonald is definitely gutsy!
CungwantsCookies- May 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm
oh yes. wedding budget be damned, i will be at this event!