Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares set for UFC on Fox 3Posted on February 13, 2012, 04:13 PM by Joey Santosus
A Middleweight showdown between Alan Belcher and Rousimar Palahares has been confirmed for the upcoming UFC on Fox 3 event.
UFC President Dana White announced the addition today via Twitter.
Belcher (17-6) recently made his octagon return after a career-threatening eye injury sidelined the Roufusport product for well over a year. Picking up where he had left off, "The Talent" battered Jason MacDonald into submission at UFC Fight Night 25 in September. Now 5-1 in his last six appearances, Belcher will look to cement his place in the title mix with an impressive showing on FOX.
Standing in his way, however, will be fellow rising contender, Palhares (14-3). Currently riding a three-fight winning streak of his own, the Brazilian leg-lock specialist needed just 63-seconds to force Mike Massenzio to tap-out at UFC 142. The victory marked his seventh with the promotion, five of which have come by way of submission.
The Middleweight clash is likely to be featured on the televised portion of the UFC on Fox 3 card, which will take place May 5th from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Also scheduled is a Lightweight title eliminator between top contenders Jim Miller and Nate Diaz, as well as a Welterweight tilt pitting Josh Koscheck against Johny Hendricks.
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