Tim-Kennedy-Strikeforce-Ohio-7609-478x270A middleweight match-up between Vitor Belfort and Tim Kennedy is in the works for an upcoming event in Brazil, according to Kennedy and UFC president Dana White.

“I’m going to brazil to fight Vitor! I’m bringing ranger panties, Greg Jackson and Ranger Up,” tweeted Kennedy on Friday.

White fell short of saying the fight was a done deal, but he did tell MMAFighting.com, “We’re talking about doing Vitor Belfort vs. Tim Kennedy in Brazil.”

Even before Anderson Silva crashed to the canvas at UFC 162, Belfort had been lobbying for another shot at the UFC middleweight championship, but his wish will not be granted.

Belfort (23-10) is coming off of back-to-back knockout victories over Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold, both in Brazil. In fact, Belfort’s only loss since failing to capture the belt from Silva at UFC 126 two-and-a-half years ago has been in a last-minute shot at light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

That leaves him as a strong candidate for a middleweight title bid. Silva, however, just lost his first bout in the UFC, and was granted an immediate rematch with current champion Chris Weidman at UFC 168 in December.

It looks like Belfort will instead draw Kennedy (16-4), who has also won his last two bouts. Kennedy defeated Roger Gracie in his promotional debut at UFC 162 on July 6. That followed a win over Trevor Smith at the final Strikeforce even in January.

White didn’t specify what event that the UFC is targeting for Belfort vs. Kennedy.

Several MMAWeekly.com sources have indicated that the promotion would follow its Sept. 4 event in Brazil, headlined by Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader, with another show in the South American country on Oct. 9, which would be a prime target date for Belfort vs. Kennedy.

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

Related News

Dana White confirms Miesha Tate up next for winner of Rousey vs. Correia

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 views

CHICAGO – Fear not, “Cupcake” fans. Miesha Tate will get a third crack to solve the seemingly unsolvable puzzle that is Ronda Rousey. Assuming Rousey gets by Bethe Correia next weekend, that is.Filed read news >>

Dana White confirms Miesha Tate gets next title shot against Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correria winner at UFC 190

  • 4 days ago
  • 4 views

Just in case you were wondering if Miesha Tate's performance against Jessica Eye last night (July 25, 2015) in UFC on FOX 16's co-main event from Chicago, Ill., was enough to earn her another title s read news >>

UFC President Dana White Says Conor McGregor Tried to Bet $3 Million on Himself

  • 23 days ago
  • 32 views

Conor McGregor is confident ahead of his UFC 189 matchup against Chad Mendes on Saturday, July 11. Confident to the tune of $3 million, in fact. According to UFC President Dana White, McGregor made a read news >>

Dana White: Conor McGregor offered to bet us $3 million he'd knock out Chad Mendes

  • 23 days ago
  • 514 views

How confident is Conor McGregor in his finishing abilities? So much so, that the featherweight superstar was willing to bet his bosses seven figures on when he'd knock out Chad Mendes. McGregor has b read news >>

McGregor Has Choice Words For Mayweather

  • 25 days ago
  • 4 views

Conor McGregor while on the Conan O'Brien show was asked about a possible match-up with boxing king Floyd "Money" Mayweather, and Conor had some choice words for the boxing champ. read news >>

Matt Serra, Dana White, & Nick 'The Tooth' Gallo working on new reality show

  • 24 days ago
  • 22 views

No it's not another season of the Ultimate Fighter, but Dana White is getting another reality show together, this one with former WW champ Matt Serra and longtime friend Nick 'The Tooth' Gallo. Rumor read news >>

Dana White expects UFC 189 to set U.S. gate record with $7 million in ticket sales on July 11

  • 25 days ago
  • 23 views

"Notorious" power? No Jose Aldo? No problem!. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White is still very confident that the upcoming UFC 189 pay-per-view (PPV) event set for July 11, 201 read news >>

Chael Sonnen to UFC fighters: Feel free to do Dana White's job for him

  • 26 days ago
  • 472 views

Listen up, fighters. Chael Sonnen has been watching you, and he’s not impressed by your performances. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, Radio Highlight, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dana White gushes over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, details her 'f**king crazy' first meeting with Ronda Rousey

  • 27 days ago
  • 1203 views

UFC's president was in New York City earlier this week to unveil Reebok's "Fight Kit," after which he shared his admiration for women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, revealing his plan to read news >>

Dana White blows up Josh Koscheck's phone after new Bellator MMA fighter bashes UFC/Reebok deal

  • 28 days ago
  • 1341 views

"Kos" is suddenly a person of significant interest ... It's no secret that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title contender, Josh Koscheck, feels he left the promotion at the read news >>