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Palhares Versus Belcher Slated for May 5 ‘UFC on Fox 3′ Card

(And, yes, Dana has unblocked us on Twitter…Baby steps, right?)

UFC president Dana White announced this afternoon that a middleweight bout between Rousimar “The Kneejerk“¬†Palhares and Alan “The Talent” Belcher has been signed for the May 5 UFC on Fox 3 card.

The event, which will take place at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will also feature Jim Miller versus Nate Diaz and Josh Koscheck versus Johny Hendricks on the main card.

5-1 in his last six outings, including a questionable split-decision to Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 100 in July 2009, Belcher returned from a serious eye injury that kept him out of action for a year to beat Jason MacDonald in September at UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger. A win over Palhares could put him in line for a title shot in 2012.

Paul Harris is no slouch himself, having won six of his last seven — including three nasty heelhook and one vicious kneebar submissions in that stretch. He was suspended for 90 days for failing to release a heelhook after Tomasz Drwal tapped out at UFC 111. During his UFC tenure, he has beaten Jeremy Horn, Ivan Salaverry and Dan Miller. He dropped a decision to Dan Henderson and also lost by brainfart TKO to Nate Marquardt after attempting to protest to referee Herb Dean mid-round about the latter having grease on his legs during their¬†UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares main event bout. Marquardt capitalized on “Toquino’s” inattentiveness and caught the Brazilian off guard, stopping him with strikes.


UFC on Fox 3
May 5, 2012
IZOD Center
East Rutherford, New Jersey

Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller
Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks
Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares
Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson
John Dodson vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Tony Ferguson vs. Dennis Hallman
Pascal Krauss vs. John Hathaway
Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish
Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola
Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker

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Ricardo Guitardo- May 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm
Palhares reminds me of a young Bob Sapp.
fatbellyfrank- February 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm
Johnny Cash, the tattoo is of Johnny cash, and Dana's unblocked CP on twitter you say, from little things big things grow
intercept440- February 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm
^ya no shit who the fuck is that tattoo of anyway...marlon brando in his later years? louis farrakhan? or a 450lb mohammad ali? come on belcher get that shit fixed already. put a purple stripe on that fucking things head, and you could call it a mayhem miller tattoo
Jackbequick- February 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm
I like Belcher, but that tattoo is troubling. Palhares has more than a leg up in this one. Tree stump via permanent eversion.
bootystar- February 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm
if dana has unblocked you on twitter can I still post here, lol
Get Off Me- February 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm
Belcher is going to TKO Palhares inside 2rds.
I hope Palhares is the betting favorite as these comments suggest.
Palhares got caught way too many times against Miller and Belcher ain't gonna get taken down and subbed folks.
Fletch the V Stretch- February 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm
@ Me likey: Haha bro, good one. And I have Paul Harris winning this one. The dude is an absolute beast.
jimbonics- February 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm
Rousimar, please do not leg-lock Belcher's eye socket.
Me likey- February 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm
i look for palhares to lose this one via first round premature celebration followed by tearing steve mazagatti's leg off and throwing it into the crowd.
smellypiratehooker- February 13, 2012 at 11:48 am
I hope Felcher gets Felched. Felch that leg up Paul Harris
The12ozCurls- February 13, 2012 at 11:46 am
They have to televise the four top fights . . . . ? Because all 4 of them are equally awesome for even a novice viewer. And for the love of GOD please quit running that "urban legend" link. I am not that smart and keep finding myself staring at that dudes femur while I am eating beef jerky (damn you high protein & low carb diet) - not a good combo.
ArmFarmer- February 13, 2012 at 11:44 am
Hope belcher gets in plenty of walking before this one.. he might not be doing it for a while afterwards.
El Guapo- February 13, 2012 at 11:44 am
Not sure if it's because the last UFC on Fox sucked or because Mayweather-Cotto fight the same night(most likely both)and I don't really care actually, but that's a damn good card right thurrr! I just hope none of the knuckleheads fighting-and there are a few to choose from- don't do anything stupid to jeopardize future events.
ExpectJesusBro- February 13, 2012 at 11:42 am
Sherdog had this out an hour ago, slow-pokes.
intercept440- February 13, 2012 at 11:35 am
that should be a great fight , but that paul harris guy is going to have another leg to add to his collection. sorry belch. but things arent looking to good for you