Although it prompted widespread concerns regarding the future of Alan Belcher’s fighting career at UFC 159, the middleweight appears to be alright, following a fight ending eye poke during his bout with Michael Bisping.
With only half a minute left in their fight, Bisping accidently poked the right eye of Belcher, which cut the middleweight and brought the fight to a halt. If you’ve followed the career of Belcher, then you know he’s had two surgeries before to repair a detached retina. The previous injury was so serious that it was feared Belcher may not fight again.
Thankfully, Belcher was able to post the following update on his Twitter account:
I’m ok.. Just got back from e.r. 8 stitches in eyelid. Disappointed. To my real supporters, I’m sorry, thank you once again.
Unfortunately for Belcher, however, he was behind on all three judge’s scorecards when the bout was called, and Michael Bisping was handed the technical unanimous decision win.
Belcher has now dropped consecutive bouts to Bipsing and Yushin Okami, but, prior to that the bruising middleweight won four straight. In other words, don’t expect Belcher to be handed a pink slip in the coming days.
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