Nickname The Talent
Height 6'2 (188cm)
Weight 185lbs (84kg)
Born April 24, 1984
Fighting out of Biloxi, Mississippi
Town of birth Jonesboro, Arkansas
Fighting style Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 7
By submission 3
No contests 0
John Alan "The Talent" Belcher was born April 24, 1984 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Known as Alan Belcher, he is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who fights out of Remix MMA in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he is also an instructor. He currently fights in the middleweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Making his pro debut in July 2004 against Tim Ellis in Freestyle Fighting Championship and winning by TKO, Belcher really didn't get started in his MMA career until early 2006. Belcher amassed 9 fights, going 8-1. His only loss in 2006 came at the hands of Yushin Okami, a skilled Japanese fighter at UFC 62. Belcher took the fight on two-weeks notice after David Terrell pulled out citing a sinus infection. Belcher made his second UFC appearance against Jorge Santiago just three months later, winning by knockout due to a head kick.
At UFC 69, Belcher lost to The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove. Belcher then defeated Sean Salmon one month later at UFC 71 with a guillotine choke at :53 of the first round. Belcher took the fight on ten-days notice after Eric Schafer pulled out due to sustaining a broken rib during training.
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 at UFC 81 against Ricardo Almeida, but he had to pull out two days before the fight due to a severe case of Bronchitis. Belcher was then to fight Patrick Cote at UFC 83 in Montreal, but unfortunately Patrick Cote had to withdraw due to a knee injury. UFC newcomer Jason "Dooms" Day replaced Cote in a fight that saw Day quickly finish Belcher with strikes in the first round.