Alan Belcher had sufficient causes to step away from combating eight years in the past.
In his final combat in 2013 at UFC 159 against Michael Bisping, Belcher suffered a technical determination loss after being poked within the eye. He acquired eight stitches on his eyelid after the combat and had already undergone surgical procedures on his proper eye after struggling imaginative and prescient loss as a result of a indifferent retina. He additionally had a bum shoulder that he felt wasn’t getting higher.
There have been additionally different elements pulling at him away from the octagon. His entrepreneurial endeavors yielded him sufficient income that persevering with to place his physique on the road now not needed. Two and half years after that combat, Belcher formally introduced his retirement.
This previous Might, nonetheless, Belcher determined to provide combating one other shot, signing a multi-fight take care of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. He makes his heavyweight bare-knuckle boxing debut Friday, Aug. 20 within the co-main occasion for BKFC 20 in opposition to one other MMA veteran, Tony Lopez, Belcher’s debut additionally shall be in held in his residence state on the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS.
We’re all on this journey in our life to do no matter we need to do and finally be completely satisfied. I used to be combating and at age 29, I had a few eye surgical procedures and to be trustworthy, I really feel like I went by way of what a variety of fighters undergo, and I simply didn’t perceive it. That’s the struggle, pressure, anxiety, the eager to be the very best and battling the query of am I chasing this dream too far? Am I taking away from my household? At that second, if I had the suitable steerage or the mindset that I’ve proper now, I most likely may have handled it otherwise. I had began to get into enterprise, and I simply went in a distinct course.
I spent the final eight years studying so much about myself and dealing on myself. A few yr in the past, I made the choice to actually get dialed in on being the very best model of myself. I took my well being, my physique, my thoughts and the way I interacted with folks extra critically, and that created new beliefs for me. I’m doing this to problem myself. It’s been a very long time since I fought, and I’m a giant believer of discovering out who you’re and what you’re made from as a result of what you say doesn’t at all times match the actions. Everytime you get right into a combat, you’re going to be confronted with excessive feelings and bodily challenges which can be going to attempt to break you.
For me, combating once more has nothing to do with fame or cash or any of that. It’s only a private problem to utterly be the very best model of myself and discover out what I’m made from. Nobody has to know that. I don’t give a s*** what anyone thinks. I’m simply having enjoyable residing the life that I at all times wished to stay and be the individual I wished to be. It begins each single day with my well being. Each alternative that I make by placing good nourishment into my physique, surrounding myself with the suitable folks. After I do one thing, I’m going all in. That is the primary time in my life through which I cleared my plate of every part else.
I’ve identified for a very long time that focus is vital. Focusing in on one factor is a crucial think about success. I bought my companies, my residence, acquired out of a relationship I used to be in for a few years. For me to be the very best model of myself for my children, my household and if I ever do get into a brand new relationship, I’ve to take this additional. I haven’t gone far sufficient. There’s nonetheless so much left on the desk and it’s not cash primarily based. For the final eight years, I’ve been in each sort of enterprise — from actual property, brokering huge offers, web advertising. I’ve made a media and consulting firm. I’ve opened gyms and what I came upon was that cash isn’t fulfilling in any respect.
The pursuit of cash isn’t even fulfilling. It doesn’t make you content. What I discovered that makes me completely satisfied is carrying out one thing that’s laborious, getting by way of that and rising from it. The best way I take a look at issues is the previous is up to now. Proper now could be the current second and that’s the place I stay.
I’ve been utterly sober because the finish of February. I had a giant enterprise retreat, introduced a variety of millionaires and buyers to Tulum, Mexico. We partied our asses off — particularly me. That was the final straw for me as a result of I used to be beginning to stay a more healthy life-style however there was nonetheless alcohol there. There was a variety of Xanax due to my nervousness, and even espresso — a thousand milligrams of caffeine a day. I used to be at all times amped up. It was espressos after americanos. I used to be the worst overeater.
I now not chase these dopamine highs now. I’m specializing in being the very best I can, successful this BKFC belt and going from there.
I’ve modified the best way I work out, eat and every part. The mindset comes first. What I used to be doing was justifying issues, like consuming ice cream as a result of it’s a cheat day. It was justifying lies and we deceive ourselves a lot. I simply made the selection to cease being a liar. With the ability to be trustworthy with your self is one thing that lots of people can’t do. After I began doing that, I began making the suitable selections.
I used to combat at 185 and it was a tough weight reduce for me. From the age of 18, I used to be by no means under 200 kilos and now I’m combating at 185. I’m already ravenous myself to make the load. Now, I eat to construct muscle, get well, and nourish my physique. I don’t eat sugar, however I can eat no matter I need. I had pizza just lately, however I prepped for that. I made positive that it was a reward and that I earned it.
I’m consuming each three hours. It must be the precise variety of macros and no matter I want, I get.
Signing with BKFC has so much to do with the corporate being inbuilt my yard. Once they first began coming in a few years in the past, I collaborated with (Founder and President of BKFC) David Feldman simply to work collectively within the trade. He introduced me in for a gathering two years in the past and we briefly talked about combating. I wasn’t at the moment as a result of I used to be achieved and thought I might by no means combat once more. Someway or one other, issues modified and lined up. The corporate being in my yard is likely one of the greatest issues for me. Lots of people know me round there and what greater and higher option to come again than in your hometown and put my ass on the road in entrance of everybody.
The largest problem for me shouldn’t be worrying successful or shedding, letting folks down and being within the second and doing the very best I can. It’s a giant problem and it provides stress. In a variety of methods, it makes it straightforward and tremendous enjoyable. I bought my home, and I purchased a camper. By way of coaching camp, I stay in a camper. It’s a easy life and I acquired what I want. I’m proper by the Coliseum so I see it each single day. It’s a cool expertise and I’m having fun with it greater than something I ever have in life.
ALIGNING YOURSELF WITH LIKE-MINDED INDIVIDUALS
To create my setting, I finished searching for folks and I began worrying about myself and dealing on myself. After I did that, folks began aligning with me. The primary person who got here aside of this workforce with is my pal Robby Ellis. He noticed what I used to be doing, and we began engaged on bodily remedy. My shoulder began giving me issues a number of months in the past. I may jab and hook, nevertheless it wasn’t the place I wanted it to be. I consulted with docs, and they’d say we may do surgical procedure and it is likely to be useful, however Robby believed we may repair it.
Robby, Tyler Hill and these guys that I join with are on the identical wavelength and path and we’re rising collectively and serving to each other.
APPROACHING TRAINING AND NUTRITION
One idea that I consider in is there isn’t any good means or eating regimen that works finest for one individual. In case you have been to do one thing that was really helpful, like say a low-car eating regimen. There can be a interval you probably did it and you would need to change it to one thing else. There is no such thing as a endgame to this. As your physique modifications, you need to change with it. For me, I eat excessive carbs. In case you’re on a low-carb diet attempting to be a fighter, it’s as a result of you need to make weight. It’s excessive, advanced carbohydrate eating regimen works finest for me. It boosts my metabolism and customarily I stick with round 50 to 60% complex carbs for my meals with 10 to twenty% good fat. The remainder is protein. I quick at the least at some point every week, like after a cheat day or my off days to provide my abdomen a relaxation.
It’s a 12- to 15-hour quick, nevertheless it modifications primarily based on how my physique feels. Intestine well being is basically vital to me. One other factor I see I’m doing completely different than a variety of guys out right here is I put a excessive precedence on my intestine. Bovine colostrum, pink and inexperienced dietary supplements from 1st Phorm, which is a extremely good firm. It’s so vital to have the correct intestine setting to breakdown the meals. A yr in the past, I couldn’t have a pizza after which go to mattress. I might be up all night time digesting that factor. Now, I can eat a complete pizza and it’s gone in three hours and I’m able to eat once more.
I used to do handfuls of ibuprofens two to 3 occasions a day simply because I felt I wanted it to be unfastened or I had a headache and an achy shoulder. That’s simply tearing you abdomen up. I haven’t had one since February. I don’t do the unreal sweeteners. I’m not solely attempting to be the BKFC heavyweight champ, however I need to be the fittest individual I could be. We now have only one life and one physique and it’s an enormous problem for any man or girl to sculpt their physique to how they need. Preventing and athletic capacity are what’s vital for me however I additionally do carry for aesthetics. I do a variety of heavy lifting, excessive depth coaching, plyometric coaching, work with Indian sticks and Bulgarian baggage. Mobility is big for me. I’m extra versatile than I ever been. To enter the coaching, lifting, and conditioning we’re doing is intense and I do that full time. It’s day by day and all day.
NO EXPECTATIONS, JUST PREPARATION
I’ve realized to not have expectations. Confidence is knowing the dangers and being trustworthy with your self and what you carry to the desk. What you’ll see from me is me trying to carry out on the highest stage I can and get myself within the zone. The best way I function within the ring is thrilling, explosive and there’s a variety of badassery occurring in there, which is the icing on the cake. The W is vital to me however extra vital are the psychological challenges. If I get beat, so be it and it’s going to should be by a greater individual however I gained’t beat myself.
Tony Lopez is somebody I respect. He’s an OG, has a variety of fights beneath his belt. The dude can take punches, he retains coming ahead and he’s artful. You possibly can most likely count on a bloody struggle and a giant ass smile on my face as a result of that is enjoyable.