Alan Belcher captured his first combat sports world championship nearly a decade removed from his last UFC appearance.
On Friday night, Belcher stepped into the squared circle for a main event clash with BKFC heavyweight champion Arnold Adams at BKFC 36. The 12-fight card delivered eight highlight-reel knockouts, none more significant than the one that came in the final fight of the evening.
Things were not looking good for Belcher in the early going after a barrage of strikes from Adams busted open Belcher against the ropes. Escaping the first round, things worsened in the second with Adams landing a right that affected Belcher’s left eye. Adams delivered another right hook that sent Belcher crashing to the canvas clutching his eye. Despite the pain, Belcher answered the referee’s count and continued. Adams quickly moved in and scored another knockdown with a flurry of strikes. Belcher refused to give up again and was ready to continue before the referee completed his count.
Seconds later, Belcher sent the crowd into a frenzy when he landed a glancing blow on Adams that knocked him to the mat. Feeling a sudden shift in momentum, Belcher came out guns blazing. With just over a minute left in the third round, Belcher landed a brutal uppercut that dropped Adams. The champ was able to get back to his feet, but not before the referee reached 10.
The bout was officially called off and Alan Belcher was crowned the new BKFC heavyweight world championship.
Check Out Highlights from Arnold Adams vs. Alan Belcher at BKFC 36 Below:
ALAN BELCHER JUST CAUGHT A BODY #BKFC36 pic.twitter.com/v5os7ot3nk
— The Patrick McCorry Sports Show (@Patrick_McCorry) February 25, 2023