Alan Belcher announced official retirement from MMA

Former UFC middleweight Alan Belcher announced his retirement from MMA on Friday via Periscope (transcribed by MMA Fighting):

“I’m done fighting. I’m finished. I’ll never, ever fight again. This is my official retirement,” Belcher said in his live feed.

Belcher said that he looks to continue to be involved in the sport with teaching and consulting with martial arts businesses to help them grow.

“I really feel like talking to instructors and gym owners, business owners is my calling now,” Belcher said. “That’s what I really want to do…I really believe that I could go down that road and fight again, but this is more important to me. I like teaching martial arts. I want to continue teaching students all over the world in my online businesses…

“So this is my official retirement. That’s it. I’m not really going to shed a tear or anything. I’m done. I don’t care. I don’t want to get hit anymore.”

Alan “The Talent” Belcher retires with an 18-8 record with notable wins over Rousimar Palhares and Patrick Cote, with his first fight in the UFC taking place back in 2006 at UFC 62.