UFC officials just announced a middleweight addition to the upcoming UFC on FOX 3 event between Alan Belcher and Rousimar Palhares.
UFC on FOX 3 is set to take place in New Jersey from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford on May 5. In the main event lightweights Nate Diaz and Jim Miller will throw down in a five-round non-title fight.
Alan Belcher was on a fast rise to the top before an eye injury in training forced the middleweight to take a 16-month hiatus from active competition to recover. Possessing a well-rounded skillset he has gone 5-1 in his last six outings and 7-2 in his last eight. We last saw Alan competing against Jason MacDonald last September in his welcome back to the Octagon match. He was able to submit the grappling based fighter before the end of the first round.
Palhares also comes into the matchup with the backing of a three-fight win-streak behind him. The submission savvy Brazilian last saw action at UFC 142 submitting Mike Massenzio in just one-minute. To date Rousimar has only dropped three of his 17 pro fights. His lone UFC losses came at the hands of Dan Henderson and Nate Marqaurdt.
This is a fight where the winner will likely push themselves into a contender match for the title.
The latest UFC on FOX 3 card now includes:
Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller
Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck
Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares
Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson
John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
John Dodson vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish
Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola
Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
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