A middleweight main event between Vitor
Belfort and Luke
Rockhold is in the works for a to-be-announced UFC event in
Brazil later this year.
UFC President Dana White revealed the promotion’s plan to MMAJunkie.com on Wednesday while
promoting UFC on Fuel TV 7 in London. No date has been set for the
Belfort-Bisping confrontation, but it is likely to serve as a No. 1
contender’s bout, according to the report.
Belfort, 35, recently returned to the middleweight division after
unsuccessfully challenging Jon Jones for
the light heavyweight title on short notice last year. “The Phenom”
looked sharp in his reemergence at 185 pounds, as he stopped
Bisping with a second-round head kick at UFC on FX 7 last month
in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Rockhold will make his UFC debut riding a nine-fight win streak.
Strikeforce’s final middleweight champion last competed in July,
when he successfully defended his belt against Tim Kennedy
in Portland, Ore. Rockhold won the Strikeforce middleweight belt
Souza in September 2011 and first defended it the following
January, stopping ex-UFC talent Keith
Jardine on first-round strikes.