“The Talent” has officially hung up the gloves.

On Friday morning, former UFC middleweight Alan Belcher took to Periscope to announce his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts.

“I’m done fighting. I’m finished. I’ll never, ever fight again,” Belcher told fans “This is my official retirement,

“I’m going to retire from fighting because people ask me all the time, ‘When’s the next time you’re going to fight? But honestly, I’m called to keep teaching my online business and keep training people and work with these other gym owners and these instructors to be better and affect more people.

“So this is my official retirement. That’s it. I’m not really going to shed a tear or anything. I’m done. I don’t care. I don’t want to get hit anymore.”

Belcher (18-8) last competed at UFC 159 in April 2013 where fans saw him suffer a TKO loss to Michael Bisping in the night’s co-main event after an eye poke late in the third round deemed him unable to continue. Prior to this loss, Belcher dropped a decision to former title contender Yushin Okami

The Roufusport product walks away from the sport with notable wins over Rousimar Palhares, Patrick Côté and Ed Herman. He also earned four post fight bonuses, including two Fight of the Nights.

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