Hey, Alan Belcher. When are you going to fight again? NEVER!
The UFC middleweight unceremoniously announced his retirement from mixed martial arts Friday in a Periscope video.
“I’m done fighting. I’m finished. I’ll never, ever fight again. This is my official retirement,” Belcher stated.
In the selfie video, which Belcher shot in front of an audience, the 31-year-old said his calling is to teach students and gym owners “to be better and effect more people.”
Belcher started his professional career back in 2004 and bounced around several small MMA organizations for two years before getting called up to the UFC. “The Talent” went 9-6 in the big leagues, with his best stretch coming between 2009-2012 where he won four straight.
Belcher underwent two emergency surgeries in 2010 to correct a detached retina in his right eye. At the time, there were concerns he would never fight again.
Belcher ultimately returned to win his next two bouts, but proceeded to lose to contenders Yushin Okami and Michael Bisping.
He survived a scare against Bisping when he was poked in the same right eye that was operated on. The bout was ruled in Bisping’s favor as a technical decision when Belcher couldn’t continue.
That 2013 affair was the last time Belcher took center stage.