Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le has
reportedly reached a deal to join the UFC and will make his Octagon
debut against Vitor
Belfort announced Saturday on his official website that he will
face Le on Nov. 19 as part of UFC 139. The
pay-per-view event will take place at at the HP Pavilion in Le’s
hometown of San Jose, Calif.
While not yet confirmed, Belfort-Le could serve as UFC 139’s new
headliner, as the previous main event between Cain
Velasquez and Junior dos
Santos was recently moved to Nov. 12.
Fresh off a first-round knockout of Yoshihiro
Akiyama, Belfort (Pictured) will fight for the third time in
2011, once more than the previous two years combined. Since
beginning his third UFC stint in September 2009, the 34-year-old
former light heavyweight titleholder has gone 2-1, with stoppages
of Akiyama and Rich
Franklin sandwiching a brutal loss to 185-pound kingpin
Le, 39, has competed only once in each of the past three years.
After stopping Frank
Shamrock in 2008 to claim Strikeforce gold, the sanshou stylist
vacated his belt to focus on a career in film. Le returned to
suffer a come-from-behind loss to Scott Smith
in December 2009, but avenged that defeat with a June 2010
knockout. Possessing a record of 7-1, Le has yet to go the distance
in his MMA career.