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Alan Belcher UFC Return Likely for 2011 From Eye Injury

Alan BelcherAfter being sidelined in August by a career-threatening eye injury, rising middleweight Alan Belcher is now recovering  following surgery for a detached retina and expects to return to UFC action next year with hopes of getting back into the title hunt.

“I didn’t even realize anything was happening until I was down in Brazil training for the Demian Maia fight, and then all of a sudden just lost most of my vision in my eye,” Belcher told MMA Weekly. “At first it looked promising. I had the first surgery, but when it detached a second time that’s when it was real scary.”

“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. 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.”

Belcher (16-6) has won 4 of his last 5, dropping a controversial decision to Yoshihiro Akiyama before earning wins over Wilson Gouveia and Patrick Cote, and was set to face Maia in the main event of September’s UFC Fight Night 22 before being injured.

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