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Alan Belcher Survives Scare in Eye Poke at UFC 159

Written by Tom Ngo
April 28th, 2013
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UFC Middleweight Alan Belcher

Alan Belcher (pictured) may not have performed how he had envisioned in a technical decision defeat to Michael Bisping at UFC 159, but the news isn’t all bad for Belcher. 

Belcher survived a scare after suffering an accidental eye poke in the final round against his bitter rival on Saturday night. The rake occurred in the same right eye the middleweight had detached retina surgery on in 2010.

The emergency procedure caused him to miss most of 2011 and nearly cost the 29-year-old his fighting career.

After Bisping lodged his fingers in Belcher’s socket, many feared the worst when blood started leaking from his eye. The fight was immediately stopped and taken to the judges’ scorecards.

Thankfully, the wound was nothing a few stitches couldn’t fix. And by “few,” I mean eight.

“I’m ok.. Just got back from e.r. 8 stitches in eyelid,” Belcher tweeted Sunday morning. “Disappointed. To my real supporters, I’m sorry, thank you once again.”

Belcher was efficiently making his way up the 185-pound totem pole by rattling off four consecutive wins. However,

Alan Belcher (pictured) may not have performed how he had envisioned in a technical decision defeat to Michael Bisping at UFC 159, but the news isn’t all bad for “The Talent.”

Belcher survived a scare after suffering an accidental eye poke in the final round against his bitter rival on Saturday night. The rake occurred in the same right eye the middleweight had detached retina surgery on in 2010.

The emergency procedure caused him to miss most of 2011 and nearly cost the 29-year-old his fighting career.

After Bisping lodged his fingers in Belcher’s eye, many feared the worst when blood was leaking from his eye. Thankfully, it appears the wound was nothing a few stitches couldn’t fix. And by “few,” I mean eight.

“I’m ok.. Just got back from e.r. 8 stitches in eyelid,” Belcher tweeted Sunday morning. “Disappointed. To my real supporters, I’m sorry, thank you once again.”

Belcher was efficiently making his way up the 185-pound totem pole by rattling off four consecutive wins. However, “The Talent” has now dropped two straight scraps inside the Octagon.

Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey hosts Saturday’s festivities.

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