Alan Belcher has retired from MMA at 31 years old. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Some three years ago, Alan Belcher thwarted feared leg-lock specialist Rousimar Palhares in dominant fashion to earn his fourth straight Octagon triumph at UFC on Fox 3. It would turn out to be his last professional mixed martial arts win.
On Friday, Belcher announced his retirement via Periscope. The Roufusport product exits the sport at 31 years old with an 18-8 career mark.
“I’m done fighting. I’m finished. I’ll never, ever fight again. This is my official retirement,” Belcher said.
After his memorable victory over Palhares, Belcher dropped back-to-back fights against Yushin Okami and Michael Bisping, with his last promotional appearance coming against “The Count” at UFC 159 on April 27, 2013. The man known as “The Talent” compiled a 9-6 record in the UFC overall, including wins over Patrick Cote, Ed Herman, Denis Kang and Jorge Santiago, to name a few.
Belcher, who made his pro debut in 2004, said he plans to work with instructors, gym owners and students teaching martial arts during his post MMA career.