The first two fights for the upcoming UFC Fight Night show entitled ‘Battle on the Bayou’ in New Orleans as Alan Belcher makes his long awaited return to the Octagon to face Jason MacDonald, while former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner Court McGee faces Dongi Yang.
The bouts were announced on Thursday by the UFC.
Alan Belcher’s (16-6) road to New Orleans has been a long and winding one. The middleweight almost saw his career come to an end while he was training in Brazil and suffered a detached retina. After two surgeries and months of rehab, Belcher finally got the clearance to return to training and immediately started working towards a UFC comeback.
A native of Mississippi, Belcher has been hopeful to end up on the New Orleans card and now he gets his wish.
Jason MacDonald (25-14) had to sit out and wait for his UFC return as well after a nasty ankle injury sidelined him, but he got back to form at UFC 129 in Toronto with a submission victory over Ryan Jensen. The Canadian will try to make it 2 in a row in the Octagon when he faces the heavy handed Belcher in September.
The other fight announced for the upcoming September 17 card will feature former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner Court McGee (13-1) against Dongi Yang (10-1)
McGee was scheduled to appear at UFC 131 in June, but a knee injury suffered in training put the former TUF winner into surgery and out of action for a few weeks. Now that he’s healthy, he’s ready to get back to business and he’ll start in September.
Korean fighter Dongi Yang will try to duplicate in September what he did in his last fight in the Octagon, stopping Rob Kimmons by TKO in the 2nd round. Yang is a tough match-up for anyone in the middleweight division, and he’ll look to show that off when he faces McGee in New Orleans.
More fights for the upcoming card in New Orleans are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.