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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-28-2013, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Alan Belcher Avoids Disaster, Has Eye Stitched Up

Following his UFC 159 bout with Michael Bisping on Saturday night, it appears that Alan Belcher is going to be okay. He made a trip to the hospital for some stitches, but averted a much more disastrous scenario.

Belcher received a finger to his right eye that put a halt to the fight, his eyelid torn and blood streaming down his face. The inadvertent eye poke left him unable to continue, so the fight went to the judges, who awarded the bout to Bisping.

Although he lost the fight via technical decision, it was how that decision came about, not the actual loss, that left most people concerned for Belcher.

Belcher was unable to fight for the better part of 2010 and 2011 due to surgeries to repair a detached retina in his right eye. When the eye poke occurred and the blood streamed from his eye, focus quickly shifted to the possibility of aggravating the past injury.

Lucky for Belcher, it appears that the damage was primarily to the eyelid, and there doesn’t appear to be any concern about reinjuring his retina.

“I’m ok.. Just got back from e.r. 8 stitches in eyelid,” Belcher tweeted in the early morning hours on Sunday, shifting from worry about his eye back to the outcome of the fight.

“Disappointed. To my real supporters, I’m sorry, thank you once again.”

It could have been a lot worse for Alan, glad to hear he's going to be alright.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-29-2013, 08:59 AM
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It's good news.

Would have been a horrible way to end a career.

I would like to rules brought into play that penalise fingers to the eyes. We all know 99% of them are accidents but if the hand wasn't extended then they would never happen.

I'm not sure how Joe Rogans recommendation of gloves with fingers would work out though. It's best to leave it in the hands of the ref. Fighters will soon learn to stop doing it once points start getting deducted for first offences.

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Great news!!!!
that had really worried me, not that i am a fan of the guy but i really sympathize with the situation...

Anyway, this card must have been cursed by some evil force,
lost of bad sh*t happening all night!

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