Alan Belcher, a middleweight who fought for the UFC from 2006 to 2013, announced his retirement from MMA today.
“I’m done fighting,” Belcher said this morning, as quoted by Hunter Homistek of MMA Fighting. “I’m finished. I’ll never, ever fight again. This is my official retirement.”
Belcher, who communicated the announcement via social media site Periscope, has struggled with injury in recent years. The 31 year old’s last fight was against a technical decision loss to Michael Bisping in New Jersey in April 2013 at UFC 159. That bout was halted in the third round due to an accidental eye poke, and went to the scorecards — where Bisping was awarded a unanimous decision.
Last year, Belcher announced his intention to MMA Corner to return to action in Summer 2015, in a new division: light heavyweight. But apparently, it just wasn’t to be.
A resident of Biloxi, Mississippi, but born and raised in Arkansas, Belcher probably saw his career peak in 2012 — when he capped off a four fight win streak with a TKO over Rousimar Palhares.
His career ends with a record of 18-8 (9-6 in the UFC).
More recently, he has become a prominent trainer and consultant for mixed martial arts academies.
“I really feel like talking to instructors and gym owners, business owners is my calling now,” Belcher said. “That’s what I really want to do… this is more important to me. I like teaching martial arts.”