Alan Belcher will continue his quest up the ladder in the UFC’s middleweight division when he takes on Rousimar Palhares this Saturday night at UFC on FOX 3.

Belcher, in a recent interview with Five Ounces of Pain’s Bryan Levick, discussed why he feels better prepared than ever for this fight.

I feel great; stronger than ever and more athletic. I’ve come a long way over the past three years and I keep getting stronger and stronger. I’ve been eating really well and have changed my lifestyle to become healthier than any other point in my life.

Belcher (17-6) has won his last three fights, including back-to-back submission victories over Jason MacDonald and Patrick Cote. His last loss came against Yoshihiro Akiyama in 2009 via split decision. Despite an ever-improving resume, “The Talent” feels no added pressure in this upcoming match.

I don’t feel any added pressure to be honest with you. Actually, I am grateful for being on such a big card and that Dana White and the UFC believe in me enough to put me i this spot. I feel like it’s a great position, I get to fight in front of more people and being a veteran, I know I can handle it.

In Palhares, Belcher will be facing a submission wizard, as Palhares has won 10 of his 14 fights via submission – six of which came come with a heel-hook finish. Belcher, though, would like nothing more than to score “Submission of the Night” honors this weekend, adding, “It would be so unbelievable (to earn SON).”