Alan Belcher was successful in his return to the Octagon and finished Jason MacDonald in the first round of their main card fight at UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellengerger.
Belcher swarmed his opponent and forced MacDonald to make a verbal submission due to strikes at 3:48 of the opening frame.
Belcher and MacDonald came out aggressive and ended up in a clinch against the fence early. MacDonald pulled guard, but while there, Belcher worked to get in some hard shots and scored some points. Belcher worked around to side control and other positions, but always stayed on top, while pounding away.
And overwhelmed MacDonald ate a number of elbows and punches while on his back. With Belcher landing several strikes from top position at will, the fight was called shortly after the midway point of the opening round.
“Man it feels awesome, I’m so emotional right now,” Belcher said after the win. “I want to pursue that belt, and I’m back, baby!”
After being out 16 months and undergoing two surgeries, Belcher collects the 17th win of his career and third consecutive. MacDonald collects the 14th loss of his career and has gone 1-2 since returning the organization at UFC 113.