The long road back for Alan Belcher finally has a light at the end of the tunnel. The UFC middleweight has returned to training and will return to action this summer.
Belcher’s manager, Malki Kawa of Authentic Sports Management, says that he is back in training and looking to step back into the Octagon in June or July.
“Absolutely, Alan’s going full speed ahead,” Kawa said about Belcher’s progression.
The fact that Belcher is fighting at all now is somewhat miraculous. Prior to his scheduled fight in September 2010 against Demian Maia, Belcher suffered an eye injury while training in Brazil that not only almost cost him his career, but nearly cost him his eyesight.
Will and determination have never been a problem for Belcher, and after getting the good news after a second surgery was performed on his eye, he knew he’d be able to resume his fight career in 2011.
“If I start back hard in 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,” said Belcher when speaking with MMAWeekly after he was cleared to train again.
“Whatever is soon, but when I’m ready. As soon as I’m ready.”
It looks like that timeline has been determined and Belcher is back in training now, but making sure that when he officially returns to the UFC he is in top form.
Prior to being sidelined with the injury, Belcher and reeled off back-to-back wins in the UFC and hopes to build on that when he finally gets back in the summer.
There are a number of challenges ahead for the Mississippi based fighter, but with his career resurrected, Belcher is ready for anyone.
MMAWeekly.com will have more information on Belcher’s return when it becomes available.