According to Alan Belcher, the first surgery for his painful detached retina was a success, but unfortunately for him, when the fighter visited his doctors again, it looked as if another surgery would be needed.
“I came back and had to have emergency surgery,” Belcher commented. “I had the first surgery and then it detached again about 5 weeks later, and I had to have another surgery.”
“At first it looked promising. I had the first surgery, but when it detached a second time that’s when it was real scary,” said Belcher. “It was like how many times are we going to have to go through this? I kind of had to do it all over again.”
After completing his second retinal surgery, the doctors could make no promise that Belcher would ever fight again. He had to think that maybe his UFC career had come to an end.
“It was kind of open, they weren’t really sure. It was just taking it one day at a time. They thought I would get a lot of vision back and I might probably be able to fight again if I wanted to take the risk, but they weren’t really sure,” Belcher said.
But luck seems to be something UFC fighters have to spare when it comes to serious injuries. After some time Belcher’s eye continued it’s healing process and amazingly his vision also began to improve. And after another doctor’s visit, Belcher had the best news in a long time;
“Now we’re at where we’re at now, it seems everything is healing good this time. The doctors said I can start exercising and I can probably be back doing contact as early as January,” said Belcher. “If I start back hard in January, it’s probably going to take me a little while to get back in fight shape. I want to have a good base under me before I accept a fight, but once I do it will be on, Whatever is soon, but when I’m ready. As soon as I’m ready.”