36 Facts About Alan Belcher


Alan Belcher was born on April 24,1984 and is an American bare-knuckle boxer and former mixed martial artist.


Alan Belcher currently competes in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and is the reigning BKFC Heavyweight Champion.


Alan Belcher graduated from Sloan-Hendrix High School in Imboden, Arkansas where he competed in baseball and basketball before continuing his baseball career at Dyersburg State Community College.


Alan Belcher made his professional debut in July 2004 against Tim Ellis in Freestyle Fighting Championship and won by TKO.


Alan Belcher made his second UFC appearance against Jorge Santiago three months later at UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs Riggs, winning by stunning head kick knockout in the third round of a close fight.


At UFC 69, Alan Belcher lost to The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove via D'arce choke.


One month later, Alan Belcher stepped in on short notice to replace injured Eric Schafer against Sean Salmon at UFC 71 on May 26,2007.


Alan Belcher won the bout via guillotine choke 53 seconds into the first round.


Alan Belcher then faced Kalib Starnes at UFC 77 on October 20,2007.


Alan Belcher was scheduled to fight at UFC 81 against Ricardo Almeida, but Alan Belcher had to pull out two days before the fight due to a severe case of bronchitis and was replaced by Rob Yundt.


Alan Belcher was scheduled to fight Patrick Cote at UFC 83 in Montreal, but Cote withdrew due to a knee injury and was replaced by Jason Day.


Alan Belcher eventually was caught by a punch causing Day to swarm punches at Alan Belcher against the fence.


Alan Belcher lost a split decision to Yoshihiro Akiyama, at UFC 100 on July 11,2009.


Alan Belcher defeated Wilson Gouveia via first round TKO on December 12,2009, at UFC 107.


Alan Belcher defeated Patrick Cote on May 8,2010, at UFC 113 by way of rear naked choke after a controversial face plant that rocked Cote and enabled Alan Belcher to sneak around to the back and sink in the choke.


Alan Belcher received an extra $65,000 for winning the Submission of the Night award which was his fourth consecutive fight night bonus.


Alan Belcher was expected to face Demian Maia on September 15,2010, at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Alan Belcher in his first main event.


However, on August 1,2010, Alan Belcher withdrew from the fight with Maia after undergoing emergency eye surgery.


Alan Belcher stated on his Twitter account that he started to lose the vision in his right eye whilst in Brazil.


Alan Belcher faced Jason MacDonald on September 17,2011, at UFC Fight Night 25.


Alan Belcher stuffed a takedown from MacDonald and ended up on top early in the first round.


Alan Belcher quickly postured up and began landing punches and elbows to open Jason's guard.


Alan Belcher then passed and continued to punish MacDonald and won the fight via verbal submission due to strikes in the first round.


Alan Belcher next faced Rousimar Palhares on May 5,2012, at UFC on Fox 3.


Alan Belcher would go on to defeat Palhares via TKO in the first round.


Alan Belcher was expected to face Vitor Belfort on October 13,2012, at UFC 153.


Alan Belcher wanted to face Chris Weidman in his return fight.


Alan Belcher faced Michael Bisping on April 27,2013, at UFC 159.


Alan Belcher got eight stitches in his eyelid after the fight.


On November 11,2015, Alan Belcher announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.


Alan Belcher was set to return from retirement to face Marcus Sursa at Empire FC 5 on February 29,2020, but the bout never materialized for unknown reasons.


Alan Belcher made his debut against Tony Lopez on August 20,2021, at BKFC 20.


Alan Belcher made his sophomore appearance in the sport against Bobo O'Bannon at BKFC Fight Night: Jackson on January 29,2022.


Alan Belcher then faced Frank Tate at BKFC Fight Night: Jackson 2 on June 11,2022.


Racking three straight wins in the division, Alan Belcher challenged the reigning champion Arnold Adams for the BKFC Heavyweight Championship at BKFC 36 on February 24,2023.


Alan Belcher has a daughter and a son from a previous marriage.