by Matt Hill – MMAWeekly.com
Twenty-three-year-old Mississippi native Alan ‘The Talent’ Belcher has officially established himself worthy to be a fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Belcher debuted in the UFC’s middleweight division fighting to a close loss to the now well-known Yushin Okami in what was arguably Okami’s toughest UFC test to date. Belcher then knocked out ATT fighter Jorge Santiago before losing via submission to Team Punishment middleweight Kendall Grove.
In his latest UFC battle, Alan moved up from the middleweight to the light-heavyweight division and defeated Sean Salmon, a decorated collegiate wrestler who hails from Ohio.
Both Salmon and Belcher came into this fight off of losses to The Ultimate Fighter reality show winners and both men needed to win this fight to get back in the UFC running. Belcher was coming off of the submission loss to Grove and Salmon was trying to bounce back from a devastating second round knockout loss to Rashad Evans.
Disappointed with his latest UFC performance at middleweight, Belcher knew one thing for certain – that he had to get back on the winning track if he wanted his UFC career to continue. In the time when very few fighters step up and take a fight on short notice, Belcher did the seemingly unthinkable; he stepped up to fight in a higher weight class with a couple short weeks of notice. “I wanted to get back in there quick,” said Alan.
A fighter who occasionally needs a little extra motivation in the gym got that motivation after realizing Salmon’s credentials. Alan said, “I knew that Salmon was a real good wrestler, so I wanted to feel like I needed to perform at my best. I was ready.”
Evidently Belcher was ready, because a mere 58 seconds into the fight he latched on to Salmon’s neck and cranked hard on a guillotine choke. Salmon slammed his opponent to the Octagon floor, but the landing did little more than cinch the choke deeper into Sean’s quickly restricting airway. Salmon had no choice but to – as they say – tapout or blackout.
Salmon did eventually tapout and Belcher got his coveted comeback win. “He closed the distance and his head was right there so I just put my legs around him…I had the choke,” said Alan matter-of-factly.
So with a win at 205 can fans expect Belcher to remain a light heavyweight? “It depends on who they ask me to fight,” Belcher said. As far as his UFC status goes though, with a recently renewed contract fans can expect to see more exciting fights from the talented, amiable Mississippian.