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UFC on Fox: Alan Belcher unlocks himself from Rousimar Palhares

Alan Belcher, right, and Rousimar Palhares get tangled

Alan Belcher, right, and Rousimar Palhares get tangled up as each middleweight works for a submission hold at UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (May 5, 2012)
(Credit: Newsday/Mario Gonzalez)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Alan Belcher found himself in the same position as nearly every other opponent of Rousimar Palhares: on his back, in the middle of the cage, his foot wrapped up in those monstrous Brazilian arms and being bent in a direction nature has yet to intend for humans.

But here's the, um, twist: Belcher got out of the heel hook submission attempt from Palhares. And he did it on several occasions Saturday night at UFC on Fox 3.

"Why don't you ask 'Taquinho' who the baddest man on the ground in MMA is," said Belcher, who won by TKO with 42 seconds left in the first round.

Belcher used his own ground skills to get into a mounted position, and once he had Palhares (23-4) pinned near the cage, he unloaded bombs. After a series of significant strikes form Belcher and no attempt to fight back by Palhares, referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in and ended the fight.

"I was thinking, 'Geez, Miragliotta, stop the fight already, bro. My hands are starting to hurt,'" Belcher (17-5) said when asked by Joe Rogan to explain his thoughts during a replay of the final sequence.

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