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Monday, 08/27/2012, 10:49 am

Exclusive | Alan Belcher Talks Injury, Weidman, Belfort, Jones, UFC 151, and More

Alan Belcher had a lot on the line when he called out UFC legend Vitor Belfort. Vitor answered with a resounding yes and the UFC scheduled the bout for UFC 152. Just as his wishes were about to come true UFC 151 fell apart due to the main event losing one half of its participants, and he watched Vitor get shuffled to UFC 152 to face UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones. All of this happened in a whirlwind week, but it could have been a blessing in disguise.
Coming in to his fight with Belfort, Alan sustained a painful spinal injury. Belcher spoke out in a video blog just after the announcement of UFC 151’s cancellation.

“About 3 or 4 weeks back I had a real bad back problem”, said Belcher. “I went to the doctor, found out that I had a spinal fracture, and that put me out for like three weeks.”

With Vitor fighting outside of the middleweight division Belcher now has an even better opportunity to shine. The division is stacked, and with Bisping vs. Stann looking like it may produce UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s next opponent, Alan can use the opportunity to prove he deserves to fight the winner of that potential bout. The challenge will be to heal the injury properly, and get back in to the gym at full speed.

“I just need a couple extra weeks and I’ll be back in action,” said Belcher in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.

Now, Alan opened up to BJPenn.com about the details of his injury, how it happened, his thoughts on UFC 151, Belfort fighting Jones, and a lot more.

The exclusive interview can be heard in its entirety in the video located on page 2.

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10 Comments to Exclusive | Alan Belcher Talks Injury, Weidman, Belfort, Jones, UFC 151, and More

  1. Sting says:

    Belcher, another idiot who got hurt before the scheduled match. This needs to stop. If you’re hurt during training that means you ain’t good enough for real mma action.

    • kook says:

      i like u.
      u know so much about noncompetitive fighting, err i mean competitive mma.
      u must b a fighter and a stud.
      when ur done choking on ur dads member, lets roll.
      i bet u wrestle and like to hump ur partners.

    • Irie nation says:

      No sting…after reading your post, you’re the idiot…athletes get injured there’s no way around it especially in a combat sport…doesn’t mean they’re not good enough…it’s a combat sport where there is a high risk for injury…you sir are an idiot for even suggesting belcher not good enough for mma action

      • Sting says:

        Anderson silva had a a broken rib the first time he fought chael, got his ass kicked for four rounds before submitting chael sonnen in the fifth, that’s a fighter. Training and sparring sessions are suppposed to get you ready for a fight, not pull you out of it. You’re absolutely right, this is combat sports that’s why we the fans want to see the best fighters fight, not see them pull out of fights because of training related injuries

  2. Me says:

    Boetsch needs to speak up he is being overlooked by everyone. He is 4 – 0 in middleweight beating Nick Ring, Knocked out Okami (who was comming of a title fight) and beats Hector that’s 2 top 10s. His name should be up there with the Weidmans,Belchers,Bispings for a titleshot. With Vitor fighting Jones I’d like to see Belcher fight Boetsch and just give Weidman, Anderson we know the chance of Anderson/GSP of actually happening is very slim. Quite frankly there’s no one who really deserves a titleshot as much as Weidman.

  3. magoo says:

    Would love to see Belcher/bitchbing fight.Belcher and Weidman will one day fight each other for the title,short of AS there the top dogs in that div!

  4. amber trichome says:

    this is not a video interview, it is a conference call uploaded to youtube.

  5. Boycott UFC 152 says:

    Everyone should boycott this 152 card and don’t order it. After the way Jones acted don’t let him collect that big paycheck and laugh because he screwed all of those fighters on the 151 card and still makes his payday.

  6. Brend0magic says:

    C’mon Belcher!!!!

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