Middleweight contenders agree to May 5 bout
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.