UFC on Fox 3 Results: Belcher Plays with Fire and Burns Palhares on the Ground


Alan Belcher UFC 113
They say you play with fire and you’ll get burned.

Well, Alan Belcher stepped right into the fire on Saturday night in New Jersey and came out unscathed and without a mark on him after his fight with Rousimar Palhares at UFC on Fox 3.

The story going into the fight was Belcher wanted no part of Palhares’ deadly ground game. A submission specialist, Palhares has been known for his vicious techniques including a heel hook that has kept more than a few orthopedic surgeons in business.

As soon as the fight started, Palhares got his wish because he snatched a single leg and put Belcher on the mat. There was a collective gasp between the fans in the arena and the ones watching at home because it was almost like everybody saw the end coming.

Everybody didn’t include Alan Belcher.

Belcher actually locked up Palhares’ leg at first looking for a Twister submission, but then went into defense mode as the Brazilian started clasping for his leg, looking for a knee bar or heel hook. Either way, Palhares was hell bent on twisting Belcher’s leg into a completely wrong direction.

He got to do neither.

Belcher scrambled and stayed calm and after a few back and forth moments, he ended up on top of Palhares working inside his guard. From there, the Mississippi native took over with a decimating ground game that had nothing to do with submissions.

Belcher absolutely unloaded on Palhares with punches and one big elbow that was heard all the way back in his opponent’s native Brazil. The barrage continued and with each punch landed, Belcher felt the victory drawing closer and closer.

Finally, with Palhares clearly dazed and not defending himself the referee swooped in for the save. Belcher had won the fight in the unlikeliest of positions against one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the sport.

“Why don’t you guys asked Toquinho who the baddest man on the ground on MMA is? Not him no more,” Belcher shouted after finishing Palhares on the mat.

The win marks Belcher’s 4th in a row and sixth out of his last seven. It’s clear the longtime UFC middleweight is gunning for a title shot sooner rather than later, and it’s hard to deny he made a strong statement with his performance on Saturday night.

“I just wanted to prove I could beat the best guy on the ground, I can beat the best guy standing up,” said Belcher.

“Baby, that belt is mine. I’m coming for it. I think you know it now.”

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 views

Joe Riggs had to wait a little extra for his return to the UFC, but now he’s got a new date, and it’ll be a home fight against Ben Saunders. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 9 views

It’ll be a quick turnaround for Alistair Overeem, who is coming off a shocking TKO loss to Ben Rothwell, when he steps back into the Octagon on December 13 at UFC on Fox 13 to take on fellow ranked h read news >>

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 views

The fight card for December’s UFC on FOX 13 event has another notable addition.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to FOX Sports 1 this Friday night (Sept. 5, 2014) with UFC Fight Night 50: "Jacare vs. Mousasi 2" from Foxwoods Resort Casino on Mashantucket Reservation read news >>

  • 7 days ago
  • 7 views

Stefan Struve will make his long-awaited return to action when he faces fellow Dutchman, Alistair Overeem, at UFC on FOX 13 on Dec. 13, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. It's a fight that could prove to be " read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 0 views

After the scare of his life, veteran Joe Riggs is set to make his return to the Octagon in his hometown. "Diesel" will take on Ben Saunders at UFC on FOX 13 at the U.S. Airways Arena in Phoenix, Ariz read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 views

Georges St-Pierre's longtime trainer says he believes the former champ's competitive fires could lead him to return. UFC boss says he could get immediate title shot, if he wants it. read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 0 views

A lightweight bout between Jamie Varner and Drew Dober will take place at UFC on Fox 13. read news >>

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 views

Nate Diaz will fight for the first time since November 2013 when he meets Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on Fox 13 on Dec. 13. read news >>