Alan Belcher, Rousimar Palhares Clash at UFC on Fox 3 in New Jersey

Rousimar Palhares (UFC)

Middleweight contenders agree to May 5 bout

A middleweight contest between contenders Alan Belcher and Rousimar Palhares is official for UFC on Fox 3.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the matchup on Monday.

Belcher last competed at UFC Fight Night 25 against Jason MacDonald, defeating the submission specialist with a first-round submission due to strikes. The victory was his third in a row after defeating Patrick Cote and Wilson Gouveia in his two contests prior to his most recent win.

Like Belcher, Palhares is currently on a nice winning streak, having won three straight as well. His streak began against Dave Branch last March and continued with a victory over Dan Miller at UFC 134. His last contest ended with a first-round submission victory against Mike Massenzio at UFC 142.

UFC on Fox 3 is set for the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on May 5 and features a lightweight main event between contenders Nate Diaz and Jim Miller.

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