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John Alan Belcher (born April 24, 1984), is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who fights out of Remix MMA in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he is also the owner. He currently fights in the middleweight division for the UFC. Belcher was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Early lifeEdit

Belcher made his professsional debut in July 2004 against Tim Ellis in Freestyle Fighting Championship and won by TKO. His MMA career then picked up significantly in early 2006, the year in which Belcher amassed 9 fights, going 8-1. His only loss in 2006 came at the hands of Yushin Okami at UFC 62. Belcher took the fight on two-weeks notice after David Terrell pulled out citing a sinus infection.[citation needed] Belcher made his second UFC appearance against Jorge Santiago three months later, winning by knockout due to a head kick.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

At UFC 69, Belcher lost to The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove. Belcher then defeated Sean Salmon one month later at UFC 71 with a guillotine choke at :53 of the first round. Belcher took the fight on ten-days notice after Eric Schafer pulled out due to sustaining a broken rib during training. This fight was at 205 pounds. [citation needed]

Belcher then defeated Kalib Starnes at UFC 77 on October 20, 2007. After controlling the fight with punches and knees from the clinch, the fight was eventually stopped in favor of Belcher due to a large gash over Starnes' right eye.

Belcher was scheduled to fight at UFC 81 against Ricardo Almeida, but Belcher had to pull out two days before the fight due to a severe case of bronchitis. Belcher was scheduled to fight Patrick Cote at UFC 83 in Montreal, but Cote withdrew due to a knee injury. Newcomer Jason "Dooms" Day replaced Cote and Day quickly finished Belcher with strikes in the first round. After a split-decision victory against Ed Herman, Belcher bounced back at UFC 93, scoring a submission victory against UFC newcomer and Pride FC veteran Denis Kang winning him a $45,000 submission of the night bonus.

Belcher lost a split decision to UFC newcomer, well regarded middleweight Yoshihiro Akiyama, at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009. The fight earned "Fight of the Night" rewarding both fighters with a record setting $100,000.

Belcher defeated Wilson Gouveia on December 12, 2009, at UFC 107 by TKO due to punches. During the fight, Belcher displayed a good chin and precise punches. The fight was awarded Fight of the Night which rewarded both fighters with $65,000. The award marks Belcher's second Fight of the Night award in a row but puts him receiving 3 in a row bonuses for the year 2009.

Belcher is expected to face Patrick Côté on May 8, 2010, at UFC 113.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Canada flag Patrick Côté UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2 02010-
May
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May 8, 2010
Canada flag Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win Brazil flag Wilson Gouveia TKO (Punches) UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez 02009-
December
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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December 12, 2009
1 3:03 United States flag Memphis, Tennessee Catchweight of 195 lb

Fight of the Night

Loss Japan flag Yoshihiro Akiyama Decision (Split) UFC 100 02009-
July
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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July 11, 2009
3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada Fight of the Night
Win Canada flag Denis Kang Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson 02009-
January
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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January 17, 2009
2 4:36 Ireland flag Dublin, Ireland Submission of the Night
Win United States flag Ed Herman Decision (Split) UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer 02008-
September
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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September 17, 2008
3 5:00 United States flag Omaha, Nebraska
Loss Canada flag Jason Day TKO (Punches) UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II 02008-
April
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 19, 2008
1 3:58 Canada flag Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win Canada flag Kalib Starnes TKO (Cut) UFC 77: Hostile Territory 02007-
October
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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October 20, 2007
2 1:39 United States flag Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win United States flag Sean Salmon Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson 02007-
May
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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May 26, 2007
1 0:53 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss United States flag Kendall Grove Submission (D'Arce Choke) UFC 69: Shootout 02007-
April
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 7, 2007
2 4:42 United States flag Houston, Texas, United States
Win Brazil flag Jorge Santiago KO (Head Kick) UFC Fight Night 7 02006-
December
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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December 13, 2006
3 2:45 United States flag San Diego, California
Loss Japan flag Yushin Okami Decision (Unanimous) UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral 02006-
August
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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August 26, 2006
3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win Netherlands flag Evert Fyeet Submission (Toe Hold) WEF – Orleans Arena 02006-
June
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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June 10, 2006
1 2:04 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win United States flag Buck Meredith Decision (Unanimous) Raze MMA – Fight Night 02006-
April
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 29, 2006
3 5:00 United States flag California, United States
Win United States flag Marcus Sursa TKO WEF: Orleans Arena 02006-
April
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 1, 2006
1 3:48 United States flag Nevada, United States
Win United States flag Ron Fields TKO (Injury) Titan Fighting Championships 1 02006-
March
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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March 11, 2006
1 0:37 United States flag Kansas, United States
Win United States flag David Franks Submission (Strikes) EFL: Battle at the Brady 3 02006-
February
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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February 18, 2006
2 1:37 United States flag Oklahoma, United States
Win United States flag Roger Kimes KO EFL: Battle at the Brady 3 02006-
February
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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February 18, 2006
1 1:35 United States flag Oklahoma, United States
Win United States flag Travis Fowler TKO EFL: Battle at the Brady 3 02006-
February
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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February 18, 2006
1 1:01 United States flag Oklahoma, United States
Loss United States flag Marvin Eastman Decision (Unanimous) WEF: Enid 02005-
September
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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September 24, 2005
5 5:00 United States flag Oklahoma, United States
Win Russia flag Sergei Sergei Submission (Armbar) WXF – Impact World Championships 02005-
July
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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July 9, 2005
1 South Korea flag Korea
Loss Mexico flag Edwin Aguilar KO (punch) WXF – Impact World Championships 02005-
July
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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July 9, 2005
South Korea flag Korea
Win United States flag Tim Ellis TKO Freestyle Fighting Championships 10 02004-
July
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July 24, 2004
1 United States flag Mississippi, United States

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