Alan Belcher will have to wait to get a shot at Demian Maia due to a detached retina that has forced the fighter to have surgery, and out of his scheduled September 15 main event bout against the Brazilian at UFC Fight Night.
Belcher made the announcement via his Twitter account, while also posting a video following the eye surgery that he underwent in Alabama.
Currently riding a two-fight winning streak, Belcher has looked impressive over his last several fights including a loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama, which many argued he won despite a controversial split decision.
According to Belcher, he lost vision in his eye while traveling in Brazil and came home to get checked out, and then found out about the bad news.
"My friend/surgeon from Biloxi got me an emergency surgery scheduled in Alabama now just trying to recover," Belcher wrote. "No contact for 6 weeks. Sorry to my trainers. Sorry to UFC & Demian Maia, I know he has been training specifically for me. Sorry to my fans as well. As long as I get released from (the) doctor, I will try to make UFN 22 to see my fans and watch the fights."
MMAWeekly has learned that a search for a replacement for Belcher is on and the UFC hope to have final confirmation of a new opponent stepping in to face Maia on the September 15 card as soon as possible. Stay tuned to MMAWeekly for more information on the replacement for Alan Belcher as it becomes available.