Alan Belcher is one of the few fighters to retire from the MMA sport while he was in his ‘prime’. The former UFC middleweight fighter ended his career in 2013 with a defeat by Michael Bisping who later became a UFC champion.
He had previously been beaten by Yushin Okami who broke his four-game winning streak. For MMA Junkie, he spoke about the reasons for ending his career. “My mind wasn’t in a good place before,” Belcher told MMA Junkie.
“I got really big really fast, and I wanted to be UFC champ really fast. I wasn’t maybe mature enough to deal with things – even injuries. “How do you know when you have an eye injury if you should stop or you should fight? The doctor says, ‘Hey, it’s up to you, but here are the risks.’ You weigh out those risks and who knows what you’re supposed to do.
“I took a few years and really just learned what I was supposed to be doing and what makes me happy and stuff like that. I changed things around, and now I’m an older, wiser, smarter, harder-hitting fighter. ”
Many things changed in Belcher’s life that pushed him toward a comeback.
“I really needed much-needed healing and therapy and things like that,” Belcher said.
“So a break was needed, a total reset of what I was, who I was, what I was trying to accomplish in my life, and just focus on other things to realize what I should be doing. “I changed things around. I changed my ego.
I wasn’t a fighter anymore, and I had to be something else. It gives you a different place to look at fighters and fighting, so you can enter back in on your own terms. I thought about it for years, and you’re always going to think about it and regret it, and you don’t want to live your life later with regret.
“I left a lot on the table with my career, I believe. Not to sound too arrogant, but I feel I was one of the best fighters in the world. … You always want to know how far you want to take it. And to me, that’s my job, to show my kids and other people.
We’re capable of doing anything we want to in this world, we’re the ones in charge of our reality and manifesting our destiny. Once that became clear to me, I was sitting in a nice position. I was wise, my mental health was good, my physical health was good, and I still have athletic prime left.
So those mixtures are really good. ” Belcher, however, retired and endured more than eight years without a fight. But last year he signed a contract for several fights for the BKFC where he competed in boxing with his bare fists as a heavyweight.
In his debut, he defeated Tony Lopez by unanimous decision. Shortly afterward, he made his boxing ring debut, beating Ryan Shough in the second round. He was also successful in his second BKFC performance.