April 24, 1984 |
Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States
|Other names||The Talent|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Biloxi, Mississippi|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do
Black belt in Duke Roufus Kickboxing
Black belt in Hayastan Grappling
Black belt in Judo
|Years active||2004 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
John Alan Belcher (born April 24, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC's Middleweight division. As of March 17, 2014, he is #14 in official UFC middleweight rankings.
Belcher was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas and began practicing karate when he was eight years old. Belcher later attended Sloan-Hendrix High School in Imboden, Arkansas where he competed in baseball, football, and basketball before continuing his baseball career in junior college. Belcher began his amateur mixed martial arts career when he was 15 years old.
Mixed martial arts career
Belcher made his professional debut in July 2004 against Tim Ellis in Freestyle Fighting Championship and won by TKO. His MMA career then picked up significantly in early 2006, the year in which Belcher amassed 9 fights, going 8–1.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
At UFC 69, Belcher lost to The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove via D'arce choke. Belcher then defeated Sean Salmon one month later at UFC 71 with a guillotine choke 53 seconds into the first round. Belcher took the fight on ten days' notice after Eric Schafer pulled out due to sustaining a broken rib during training. This fight was at 205 pounds.
Belcher then defeated Kalib Starnes at UFC 77 on October 20, 2007. After controlling the fight with punches and knees from the clinch, the fight was eventually stopped in favor of Belcher due to a large gash over Starnes' right eye.
Belcher was scheduled to fight Patrick Cote at UFC 83 in Montreal, but Cote withdrew due to a knee injury. Newcomer Jason Day replaced Cote. Belcher eventually was caught by a punch causing Day to swarm punches at Belcher against the fence. The fight was ruled a TKO in favor of Day in the first round.
After a split decision victory over Ed Herman, Belcher fought Pride FC veteran Denis Kang at UFC 93. Kang won the first round after taking down and controlling Belcher on the ground. However, Kang began to fight more and more conservatively, and when he tried to take Belcher down again late in the second round, Belcher caught him in a tight guillotine choke that made Kang almost immediately tap out, winning him a $45,000 Submission of the Night bonus.
Belcher defeated Wilson Gouveia via first round TKO on December 12, 2009 at UFC 107. During the fight, Belcher displayed a good chin and precise punches. The fight was awarded Fight of the Night which rewarded both fighters with $65,000. The award meant Belcher had received three bonuses in a row in 2009.
Belcher defeated Patrick Côté on May 8, 2010, at UFC 113 by way of rear naked choke after a controversial face plant that rocked Cote and enabled Belcher to sneak around to the back and sink in the choke. Belcher received an extra $65,000 for winning the Submission of the Night award which was his fourth consecutive fight night bonus.
Belcher was expected to face Demian Maia on September 15, 2010, at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Belcher in his first main event. However, on August 1, 2010, Belcher withdrew from the fight with Maia after undergoing emergency eye surgery. Alan stated on his Twitter account that he started to lose the vision in his right eye whilst in Brazil.
Belcher's manager, Malki Kawa, in April updated his recovery, saying that Belcher was back in training and looking forward to a return to the Octagon in September. The UFC hadn't yet announced many plans for September, although there will be a UFC Fight Night event in New Orleans on September 17, where Belcher would be a natural fit.
Belcher faced Jason MacDonald on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 25. Belcher stuffed a takedown from MacDonald and ended up on top early in the first round. Belcher quickly postured up and began landing punches and elbows to open Jason's guard. He then passed and continued to punish MacDonald and won the fight via verbal submission due to strikes in the first round.
Belcher next faced Rousimar Palhares on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3. Despite getting the fight to the ground, Palhares was unable to complete his attempted leg locks and heel hook submissions, and Belcher even attempted a few submissions of his own. Belcher would go on to defeat Palhares via TKO in the first round.
Belcher was expected to face Vitor Belfort on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. However, Belfort was pulled from the bout to face Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152. Belcher called the collapse of the UFC 151 a "blessing in disguise" as he would have been unable to compete due to a fractured spine, keeping him out of action until November. He would like to face Chris Weidman in his return fight.
Belcher faced Michael Bisping on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. Bisping controlled the majority of the fight due to his conditioning and cardio pushing a constant pace. The bout was stopped at 4:29 of round 3 as Bisping inadvertently poked Belcher in the eye, rendering Belcher unable to continue. Bisping won the bout via technical unanimous decision. It was reported that the injury was unrelated to his previous injury which was a detached retina in which he had to undergo 2 extensive surgeries. He had eight stitches in his eyelid.
Belcher has a wife and a child.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||18 wins||8 losses|
|Loss||18–8||Michael Bisping||Technical Decision (unanimous)||UFC 159||April 27, 2013||3||4:29||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Accidental eye poke rendered Belcher unable to continue.|
|Loss||18–7||Yushin Okami||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 155||December 29, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–6||Rousimar Palhares||KO (punches and elbows)||UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller||May 5, 2012||1||4:18||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||17–6||Jason MacDonald||Submission (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger||September 17, 2011||1||3:48||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||16–6||Patrick Côté||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 113||May 8, 2010||2||3:25||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Submission of the Night|
|Win||15–6||Wilson Gouveia||TKO (punches)||UFC 107||December 12, 2009||1||3:03||Memphis, Tennessee, United States||Catchweight of 195 lb; Fight of the Night|
|Loss||14–6||Yoshihiro Akiyama||Decision (split)||UFC 100||July 11, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||14–5||Denis Kang||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 93||January 17, 2009||2||4:36||Dublin, Ireland||Submission of the Night|
|Win||13–5||Ed Herman||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer||September 17, 2008||3||5:00||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||12–5||Jason Day||TKO (punches)||UFC 83||April 19, 2008||1||3:58||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||12–4||Kalib Starnes||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 77||October 20, 2007||2||1:39||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||11–4||Sean Salmon||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 71||May 26, 2007||1||0:53||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Light Heavyweight bout|
|Loss||10–4||Kendall Grove||Submission (D'arce choke)||UFC 69||April 7, 2007||2||4:42||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||10–3||Jorge Santiago||KO (head kick)||UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs Riggs||December 13, 2006||3||2:45||San Diego, California, United States|
|Loss||9–3||Yushin Okami||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 62||August 26, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–2||Evert Fyeet||Submission (toe hold)||WEF: Orleans Arena||June 10, 2006||1||2:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–2||Buck Meredith||Decision (unanimous)||Raze MMA: Fight Night||April 29, 2006||3||5:00||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||7–2||Marcus Sursa||TKO (punches)||World Extreme Fighting||April 1, 2006||1||3:48||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–2||Ron Fields||TKO (slam)||Titan Fighting Championship 1||March 11, 2006||1||0:37||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||5–2||David Frank||Submission (punches)||XFL: EK 19: Battle at the Brady 3||February 18, 2006||2||1:37||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||4–2||Roger Kimes||KO (punches)||XFL: EK 19: Battle at the Brady 3||February 18, 2006||1||1:35||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||3–2||Travis Fowler||TKO (punches)||XFL: EK 19: Battle at the Brady 3||February 18, 2006||1||1:01||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||2–2||Marvin Eastman||Decision (unanimous)||World Extreme Fighting 16||September 24, 2005||5||5:00||Enid, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Edwin Aguilar||TKO (punches)||WXF: X-Impact World Championships||July 9, 2005||1||4:01||Korea|
|Win||2–0||Sergei Trovnikov||Submission (armbar)||WXF: X-Impact World Championships||July 9, 2005||1||3:37||Korea|
|Win||1–0||Tim Ellis||TKO (punches)||Freestyle Fighting Championships 10||July 24, 2004||1||1:49||Tunica, Mississippi, United States|
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