Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le has reportedly reached a deal to join the UFC and will make his Octagon debut against Vitor Belfort.

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 Anderson Silva.

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.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Myles Jury injured: Paul Felder booked to face Edson Barboza at UFC on FOX 16 on July 25

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 views

This fight was originally Anthony Pettis vs. Myles Jury, but "Showtime" got hurt and was replaced by Edson Barboza. Now Jury is injured and unable to compete, so Paul Felder will step in on short not read news >>

After first UFC win, Anthony Birchak wants matchup with fellow prospect Aljamain Sterling

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 views

Anthony Birchak may still be relatively new to the UFC, but he’s a quick study in figuring how matches often come together. If you want it, you better ask for it.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, U read news >>

Bellator 138: Bobby Lashley Predicting Early Knockout Win over James Thompson

  • 22 days ago
  • 5 views

In 2009, Strikeforce heavyweight Bobby Lashley was something of an oddity. An unknown commodity fighting for a promotion that, similarly, was trying to figure out its own identity. One part legitimat read news >>

UFC Fight Night 68 results recap: Dan Henderson proves he's 'not quite done yet'

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Dan Henderson dipped into the fountain of youth this past Saturday night (June 6, 2015) in order to knock out Tim Boetsch in the main event of UFC Fight Nig read news >>

UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Boetsch post-fight press conference

  • 24 days ago
  • 3 views

Watch the UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Boetsch post-fight press conference right here on Bloody Elbow. Join us here at Bloody Elbow.com at approximately 1:30 AM ET/10:30 PM PT for live video covera read news >>

UFC Fight Night 68 predictions

  • 24 days ago
  • 7 views

The UFC's Fight Night series rolls on, this time in the Big Easy. Former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson tries to hold onto his time in the spotlight against fellow middleweight Tim Boet read news >>

UFC Fight Night 68 live and official weigh-in results

  • 25 days ago
  • 4 views

NEW ORLEANS – UFC Fight Night 68 weigh-ins take place today, and you can join us for live text updates beginning at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT).Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Glory Kickboxing 22: Verhoeven vs. Adegbuyi Fight Card, TV Info and Predictions

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

Glory Kickboxing heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven has a chance to join an elite club in the young kickboxing promotion. With a win over Benjamin Adegbuyi, he will be the only champion on the roste read news >>

Statistics show lack of fights, main card time for UFC bantamweights in 2015

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

A statistical breakdown of the UFC's roster and fights booked this year show that men's bantamweights are getting neither fights nor main card visibility in 2015. This weekend there will be two banta read news >>

Bellator 140: Paul 'Semtex' Daley returns for July 17 scrap against Dennis Olson

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Strikeforce welterweight slugger Paul Daley makes his return to the Bellator MMA cage when he takes on 170-pound standout Dennis Olson (14-8) on the Sp read news >>