Alan Belcher made a winning return to the Octagon this evening at UFC Fight Night 25 after 16 months on the sidelines due to a career-threatening eye injury.

From the opening moments of the fight it was clear that Jason MacDonald had no desire to attempt to match Belcher in the stand-up department and instead shot in for a takedown.

Belcher stuffed it though and so he had to make do with clinching up against the cage. Soon after the fight did hit the mat, but it was Belcher who’s on top and he immediately began landing heavy blows down on MacDonald and hurt him with some particularly powerful right hands.

MacDonald looked for a kimura but Belncher shrugged it off and moved to side control as he continued his assault and his opponent began to wilt.

With no end to the punishment in sight the referee eventually had no choice to step in and call an end to the fight with 3.48mins of the opening round gone.

This was an excellent return to action for Belcher who had at one time feared that he may never set foot in the Octagon again due to the severity of his eye injury.

Before that unfortunate episode Belcher had been on a roll in the UFC’s middleweight division, and it’s impressive that he’s been able to pick up right where he left off.