While your typical fan would certainly consider Alan â€œThe Talentâ€ Belcher (17-6) a Muay Thai striker by trade, there are many technical layers to the 6â€™2â€ middleweight contender. The proof is in the pudding, and this particular pudding just so happens to manifest itself in the form of a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.
Belcher has been a student of the grappling art for thirteen years. After countless hours on the mat, Belcherâ€™s longtime instructor, Helio Soneca has awarded the Roufusport product with his black belt.
"It_s an honor to earn a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a martial art I_ve trained in for nearly half of my life," states Belcher. "It is made much more special by the fact that I am included such a limited number of Mississippi residents, as well as the first in the Gulf Coast region, to earn the black belt."
Alan, whose striking has become a feared commodity, holds five (seven are listed on his ledger, though two of those finishes came as a result of strikes) official career submission victories.
While Belcher_s next bout has yet to be booked, many pundits predict a collision with former "The Ultimate Fighter" winner, Court McGee, as both are now traveling a fast track toward a title shot having each pieced together three fight win streaks for the UFC.
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