Rousimar Palhares to face Alan Belcher

Updated: February 13, 2012, 1:16 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Middleweight submission specialist Rousimar Palhares and fast-rising Alan Belcher will meet May 5 at UFC on Fox 3 in East Rutherford, N.J., promotion president Dana White said Monday on Twitter.

Palhares (14-3) has won six of his past seven fights, registering four submission victories during that span.

Belcher (17-6) will enter the bout riding a three-fight win streak. He began getting some attention as a 185-pound contender after his first-round stoppage of Jason MacDonald in September.

Palhares-Belcher is the most recent bout announced for the May 5 card.

White revealed Sunday night that welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks will also duke it out in East Rutherford.

Franklin McNeil covers mixed martial arts and boxing for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Franklin_McNeil

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