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.
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. 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. 
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.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|26||15 wins||6 losses|
|Patrick Côté||UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2||May 8, 2010||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||Wilson Gouveia||TKO (Punches)||UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez||December 12, 2009||1||3:03||Memphis, Tennessee||Catchweight of 195 lb
Fight of the Night
|Loss||Yoshihiro Akiyama||Decision (Split)||UFC 100||July 11, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada||Fight of the Night|
|Win||Denis Kang||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson||January 17, 2009||2||4:36||Dublin, Ireland||Submission of the Night|
|Win||Ed Herman||Decision (Split)||UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer||September 17, 2008||3||5:00||Omaha, Nebraska|
|Loss||Jason Day||TKO (Punches)||UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II||April 19, 2008||1||3:58||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||Kalib Starnes||TKO (Cut)||UFC 77: Hostile Territory||October 20, 2007||2||1:39||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||Sean Salmon||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson||May 26, 2007||1||0:53||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||Kendall Grove||Submission (D'Arce Choke)||UFC 69: Shootout||April 7, 2007||2||4:42||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||Jorge Santiago||KO (Head Kick)||UFC Fight Night 7||December 13, 2006||3||2:45||San Diego, California|
|Loss||Yushin Okami||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral||August 26, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||Evert Fyeet||Submission (Toe Hold)||WEF – Orleans Arena||June 10, 2006||1||2:04||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||Buck Meredith||Decision (Unanimous)||Raze MMA – Fight Night||April 29, 2006||3||5:00||California, United States|
|Win||Marcus Sursa||TKO||WEF: Orleans Arena||April 1, 2006||1||3:48||Nevada, United States|
|Win||Ron Fields||TKO (Injury)||Titan Fighting Championships 1||March 11, 2006||1||0:37||Kansas, United States|
|Win||David Franks||Submission (Strikes)||EFL: Battle at the Brady 3||February 18, 2006||2||1:37||Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||Roger Kimes||KO||EFL: Battle at the Brady 3||February 18, 2006||1||1:35||Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||Travis Fowler||TKO||EFL: Battle at the Brady 3||February 18, 2006||1||1:01||Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||Marvin Eastman||Decision (Unanimous)||WEF: Enid||September 24, 2005||5||5:00||Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||Sergei Sergei||Submission (Armbar)||WXF – Impact World Championships||July 9, 2005||1||Korea|
|Loss||Edwin Aguilar||KO (punch)||WXF – Impact World Championships||July 9, 2005||Korea|
|Win||Tim Ellis||TKO||Freestyle Fighting Championships 10||July 24, 2004||1||Mississippi, United States|