alan-belcher-eye-injury.jpgThe gruesome injury that halted his UFC 159 bout with Michael Bisping left Alan Belcher with eight stitches in his eyelid.

Belcher (18-8 MMA, 9-6 UFC) suffered a technical unanimous decision loss when an inadvertent eyepoke from Bisping (24-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) rendered him unable to continue in the middleweight bout, which co-headlined Saturday’s pay-per-view event at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The poke left blood gushing from the same eye in which Belcher suffered a detached retina, which kept him out of action from May 2010 to September 2011 and required two surgeries. Thankfully, his latest ailment was unrelated to the detached retina, which doctors previously told him could be a career-long (and even life-long) concern.

As he wrote on Twitter, “I’m ok.. Just got back from e.r. 8 stitches in eyelid. Disappointed. To my real supporters, I’m sorry, thank you once again.”

Immediately following UFC 159, UFC President Dana White said the organization was unsure of Belcher’s status. The 29-year-old had been taken to the hospital immediately following the bout, in which Bisping kept a clear striking advantage and cruised to a victory via 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 scores.

The diagnosis is good news in what otherwise has been an unfortunate stretch for Belcher. “The Talent” had won four straight fights and was on a 6-1 run before recent back-to-back losses to Yushin Okami and Bisping, which spoiled his title hopes.

Belcher gave no timeline for his recovery.

For complete coverage of UFC 159, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 199 Free Fight: That Time Michael Bisping Knocked Out Cung Le

  • 26 days ago
  • 34 views

Michael "The Count" Bisping earned his eighth UFC knockout victory when he defeated Cung Le at UFC Fight Night 48 in August 2014. read news >>

Luke Rockhold: Michael Bisping Is a "Funner" Fight Than "Sloppy" Chris Weidman

  • 25 days ago
  • 35 views

Luke Rockhold is is looking to establish himself as one of MMA's top heels...and he's doing a pretty darn good job of it so far. Since taking the UFC middleweight title at UFC 194, the crafty southpa read news >>

Underdog Bisping finally has title shot; plans to flip the script

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

Michael Bisping wasn't supposed to be the opponent for Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 on June 4 on Pay-Per-View. But "The Count" is used to going off script. Bisping plans to make history and flip that scr read news >>

Knockout Radio LIVE: Michael Bisping and Ian McCall

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

Tune in Wednesday, April 1, at 6 p.m. EST, for Knockout Radio LIVE! with UFC middleweight challenger Michael Bisping and Ian McCall, as well as the week in MMA news! read news >>

Don't be shocked if Michael Bisping upsets Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 (Yahoo Sports)

  • 24 days ago
  • 44 views

From Yahoo Sports: Common sense tells us Bisping has no shot on Saturday night, but anything can happen in MMA. read news >>

Don't be shocked if Michael Bisping upsets Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 (Yahoo Sports)

  • 24 days ago
  • 15 views

From Yahoo Sports: Common sense tells us Bisping has no shot on Saturday night, but anything can happen in MMA. read news >>

UFC 199 Embedded, Episode 3: I Get to Shut Everybody Up That Doubted Me

  • 24 days ago
  • 113 views

On Episode 3 of UFC 199 Embedded, Michael Bisping uses his first loss to Luke Rockhold as motivation to push harder in his quest for championship gold. read news >>

Michael Bisping Says Half the UFC Roster Are Pu**ies (UFC 199 Video)

  • 24 days ago
  • 51 views

Michael Bisping believes that taking the fight with Luke Rockhold on short notice has only helped him, takes a shot at half the UFC roster. read news >>

UFC 199 Betting Preview: Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold Odds, Analysis

  • 24 days ago
  • 20 views

British contender Michael Bisping (28-7) has never fought for the UFC Middleweight Championship before, previously losing a pair of title-eliminator bouts to Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen. Bisping w read news >>

UFC 199 Countdown Video: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2

  • 24 days ago
  • 79 views

Luke Rockhold makes his first title defense, as Michael Bisping gets his long-awaited shot at the belt. UFC 199 Countdown takes you inside the lives and training camps. read news >>