Many wondered what would happen to Alan Belcher now that his opponent Vitor Belfort had stepped in to challenge Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title. Well, it looks like sometimes things just work out, because Alan Belcher is out with a spinal fracture. It is not as bad as it sounds and Belcher hopes to return by November. While losing Belfort and Belcher from UFC 153 certainly takes out some of the star power the card is still quite strong. It still hold the Featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and Erik Koch, and Quinton Jackson is still set to take of Brazilian slugger Glover Teixeira. UFC 153 takes place in Rio at the HSBC arena on October 13th.
Alan Belcher already has an opponent in mind for his return, and it is someone who makes a lot of sense. Belcher wishes to take on Chris Weidman, because he views that as a number one contenders fight. Plus, with Anderson waiting until next year to fight it makes sense for Weidman to have another fight in the interim. The matchup would be a great addition to any card. Belcher’s hands are some of the most potent int he division, and they would do wonders for telling how far Weidman’s striking has come along. On the flip side, Weidman has the wrestling to put Belcher on his back, and Belcher’s bottom game is strong enough to test Weidman’s ability to defend submissions. While this is not the ideal situation sometimes things happen and it works out for the best. Vitor got his title shot, and Belcher can still get a chance to become a number one contender.