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Default UFC Middleweight Alan Belcher Eyeing September Return

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May 8, 2010.

That was the last time UFC middleweight Alan Belcher stepped foot in the Octagon. Since his last appearance, Belcher has undergone two major surgeries and endured a lot of recovery time, but now that heís back in the gym and training again, a return to action isnít far off.

It was during training for a fight against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu whiz Demian Maia that Belcher suffered the eye injury. At one point, it looked like it might end his career altogether.

Lucky for him, Belcherís recovery went better than expected. Heís training again and starting to get back into the form that saw him threaten as one of the more dangerous 185-pounders rising up in the UFCís middleweight division.

ďIt looks like Alan will probably make his return sometime in September, is what Iím hoping for. Itís the date that we kind of targeted as the date that he wants to come back,Ē Belcherís manager, Malki Kawa of Authentic Sports Management, told MMAWeekly Radio recently.

Belcher had originally looked towards the early part of summer 2011 for his return, but it appears heíll push that target date back just a little bit to ensure heís 100-percent ready when he gets back in the cage.

The UFC has already started to put together fights for as late as August of this year, so it probably wonít be long before matchmaker Joe Silva starts looking towards Septemberís cards, including a UFC Fight Night show set for New Orleans, La.

Belcherís management believe the UFC will accommodate the fighterís timeline for a return, adding that Belcher is looking forward to getting in there and competing again.

ďI think thatís something the UFC will probably help make a reality,Ē Kawa stated. ďIím prematurely saying this, but I think Iím almost okay in my assessment and think that September is the time frame for Alan to come back.Ē
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