As UFC on Fox 3 approaches, Alan Belcher is faced with a daunting task: meeting Rousimar Palhares in the cage.
Palhares, a feared leg-lock specialist, has hit the UFC like a bout of polio, crippling many of his opponents en route to becoming one of the fastest rising stars in the middleweight division today.
Likewise, Belcher, riding a three-fight win streak since his controversial loss to Japanese star Akiyama, has his sights set on the top, hoping to make a concerted run for the title in 2012.
Who will triumph on May 5? Does Belcher have what it takes to avoid Palhares' vicious heel-hooks and kneebars? Can Palhares add yet another limb to his trophy cabinet?
Both men know what they have to do. The following slides show how they'll do it, revealing the keys to victory for each competitor.