UFC middleweight contender Alan Belcher was recently forced to pull out of his headline bout with Demain Maia at UFC Fight Night 22 due to a detached retina.

As we reported when news of the injury first broke last month, a detached retina is a serious problem that could affect his sight permanently or even lead to him going blind in that eye.

At that stage Belcher had already underwent surgery and was waiting for a couple of months to see if his vision would improve.

Unfortunately the latest news from the 26 year-old’s wife yesterday was that he has had to return to hospital for another operation.

“This is alans wife @Ashleebelcher Yesterday his vision was blurry again today heading into another surgery on same eye please keep praying”

“We are home He is in a lot of pain though Next few weeks are really important He has to lay face down :( thanks for prayers)”

Needless to say this an extremely tough period for Alan and his wife who celebrated the birth of their first daughter Ava earlier this year, and we’d like to take this opportunity to wish him a full and speedy recovery.

Ironically, Belcher had been experiencing his best spell in the octagon before the injury, putting on a ‘Fight Of The Night’ performance at UFC 100 in  a close decision loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama before rallying with two stand-out victories over Wilson Gouveia and Patrick Cote.

His main event fight with Maia at UFN 22 had been seen as a possible stepping stone to title contention at middleweight, but unfortunately the fight had to be canceled, and Belcher has admitted that in the worst case scenario he may now have to retire from the sport.

That’s far from a foregone conclusion though and there’s still every chance that he will battle back from this set-back and get back to doing what he does best.

Ashlee Belcher has given an address to which fans can send their get well messages: 10322 Gorenflo Rd, Diberville, MS 39340.  The address is the location of Belcher’s