UFC Planning Vitor Belfort-Luke Rockhold Middleweight Scrap for Upcoming Brazil Show



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 Michael 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 from Ronaldo Souza in September 2011 and first defended it the following January, stopping ex-UFC talent Keith Jardine on first-round strikes.

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

Related News

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 views

The UFC’s return to New Jersey in April has its main event – an oft-rumored middleweight matchup between a pair of former champs. Filed under: Featured, MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 8 views

UFC on Fox 15 likely has its main event picked out, as Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com is reporting that a compelling middleweight fight between former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida a read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 3 views

Surprise! (Not really.) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is coming back to "The Garden State" for its UFC on FOX 15 mixed martial arts (MMA) event inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jers read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 107 views

UFC middleweight contender Luke Rockhold discusses the UFC 182 main event, as well as whether he is scheduled to face Lyoto Machida in the near future. read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has booked an electric lightweight co-main event for its upcoming UFC Fight Night 61: "Evans vs. Teixeira" mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, schedul read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 views

With less than 24 hours before the enthralling main event title fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani and Dave Doyle delve into the highly anticipated fight card read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 0 views

The Nevada Athletic Commission has randomly drug tested middleweight superstar, Vitor Belfort three times ahead of UFC 184, and plans to test him once more before handing off testing duties to the Ca read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 4 views

Luke Rockhold and Lyoto Machida, two middleweight contenders, are currently slated to fight at UFC on FOX 15 in Newark, N.J. on April 18, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Rockhol read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 0 views

A huge UFC middleweight fight between Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold is headed to New Jersey this April. We have a big UFC middleweight division fight announcement on our hands today. MMA Fighting's read news >>