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Round 1: No glove touch in this middleweight fight. No strikes thrown yet, but Belcher is controlling the center. Palhares dives for a takedown and gets it with ease. Palhares looks to work for a leg and Belcher threatens with the twister. These guys are tangled like pretzels. Belcher still looking to set up the twister; Palhares is defending well. Palhares defends and rolls for the leg. He straightens it out; Belcher is defending well, but it’s tense. This isn’t where he wants to be with Palhares. It’s a chess match as Palhares looks for the leg, but Belcher defends every step and manages to free his leg. Belcher in Palhares’ guard now, working ground and pound. Belcher landing some hard ground and pound, punches and elbows. Palhares is stunned, Belcher is wailing away. The ref stops it with less than a minute to go. Very impressive performance by The Talent.
Alan Belcher defeated Rousimar Palhares via TKO (strikes) at 4:18 of round 1