Alan Belcher eyeing a 2011 return to the UFC after almost losing his sight

UFC middleweight contender, Alan Belcher gives his fans some good news today after months of bad, revealing he is targeting a 2011 return to the octagon after doctors saved his eyesight with a series of operations.

Belcher, speaking via, said:

“It was actually kind of sporadic, but the doctor he’s not really sure if it was one blow or what, but for some reason I had some tears in my retina and it caused it to detach. I didn’t even realize anything was happening until I was down in Brazil training for the Demian Maia fight, and then all of a sudden just lost most of my vision in my eye.”

“I came back and had to have emergency surgery. I had the first surgery and then it detached again about 5 weeks later, and I had to have another surgery. At first it looked promising I had the first surgery, but when it detached a second time that’s when it was real scary. It was like how many times are we going to have to go through this? I kind of had to do it all over again.”

“It was kind of open, they weren’t really sure. It was just taking it one day at a time. They thought I would get a lot of vision back and I might probably be able to fight again if I wanted to take the risk, but they weren’t really sure. Now we’re at where we’re at now, it seems everything is healing good this time. The doctors said I can start exercising and I can probably be back doing contact as early as January.”

“I’m itching really bad, I’m missing it. It’s been a part of my life forever pretty much. I haven’t taken this time off from sports and exercise in my whole life. I can’t wait. I’ll return strong and win and be right back where I was, and maybe even higher.”

“If I start back hard in January, it’s probably going to take me a little while to get back in fight shape. I want to have a good base under me before I accept a fight, but once I do it will be on. Whatever is soon, but when I’m ready. As soon as I’m ready.”

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