luke-rockhold-8.jpgThe four-fight main card for the UFC’s next show in Brazil now is official.

UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul. The event’s main card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook. The main event is a middleweight bout between Vitor Belfort (22-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and final Strikeforce 185-pound champion Luke Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC officials recently made official the 13-fight card, which will be the promotion’s seventh in Brazil since returning to the country in August 2011.

Belfort returns to Brazil following his second-round knockout of Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7 in January. After that win, he called out light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Instead, he’ll get Rockhold, who has won nine straight, including two defenses of the Strikeforce middleweight title before moving to the UFC with the merger of the two promotions. He most recently fought in July, taking a unanimous decision from Tim Kennedy.

Rounding out the main card on FX are middleweight bouts between Constantinos Philippou (12-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Ronaldo Souza (17-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), plus C.B. Dollaway (13-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) vs. Cezar Ferreira (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), and a lightweight bout between Rafael dos Anjos (18-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Evan Dunham (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC).

FUEL TV gets a six-fight preliminary card that features previously reported bouts between Hacran Dias (21-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Manny Gamburyan (12-7 MMA, 3-5 UFC) at featherweight; Mike Rio (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at lightweight; featherweights Yuri Alcantara (27-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Marcos Vinicius (20-4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC); welterweights Lance Benoist (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Paulo Thiago (14-5 MMA, 4-5 UFC); Azamat Gashimov (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. John Lineker (20-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at flyweight; and a light heavyweight bout featuring Roger Hollett (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Fabio Maldonado (18-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC).

Prior to the televised prelims on FUEL TV, the UFC will stream three other prelims on Facebook. John Cholish (8-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meets Gleison Tibau (26-9 MMA, 11-7 UFC) at lightweight; Chris Cariaso (14-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) takes on Jussier Formiga (14-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at flyweight; and lightweights Jeremy Larsen (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Lucas Martins (12-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will open the card.

The full UFC on FX 8 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FX, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold
  • Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza
  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira
  • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham

PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Hacran Dias vs. Manvel Gamburyan
  • Mike Rio vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Yuri Alcantara vs. Marcos Vinícius
  • Lance Benoist vs. Paulo Thiago
  • Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker
  • Roger Hollet vs. Fabio Maldonado

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET)

  • John Cholish vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Chris Cariaso vs. Jussier Formiga
  • Jeremy Larsen vs. Lucas Martins

For the latest on UFC on FX 8, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Luke Rockhold)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia official with cage ban lifted

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 views

There are big things happening Down Under. The UFC announced Tuesday it will be bringing a pay-per-view, UFC 193, to Melbourne, Australia on Nov. 14 following a cage ban in the state of Victoria bein read news >>

With cage ban lifted, UFC 193 gets official booking in Melbourne, Australia

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC 193 has been booked for Melbourne, Australia now that cage ban has been overturned. UFC in Australia has been a limited enterprise due to one of its most populated states, Victoria, having a ban read news >>

After hot start in UFC, Marion Reneau looking for a top ten opponent

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

If all the big fights this past weekend in Los Angeles were only possible because of women’s MMA trailblazer Gina Carano, then Marion Reneau was only happy to see the day. The bantamweight Reneau was read news >>

Tickets on sale today for UFC 187's two title fights in Vegas, $1,042 gets you cageside

  • 26 days ago
  • 33 views

Tickets go on sale today for May’s UFC 187 in Las Vegas, featuring a pair of title fights at the top of the bill.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

6 Must-See UFC Fights in the Month of March

  • 25 days ago
  • 4 views

With limited UFC action being offered in March, we must cherish the well-planned contests that are set to take place. From heavyweight power punchers to welterweight contenders on the rebound, this m read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62: Josh Koscheck replaces Ben Saunders, fights Erick Silva on short notice

  • 24 days ago
  • 4 views

Wait... Josh Koscheck? Sorry Benson Henderson fans, "Smooth" won't be the saving grace for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 62 event. Brazilian outlet Combate are reporting that Josh Koscheck -- who was  read news >>

Vitor Belfort has 'saved many events,' feels no regret for turning down interim title fights at UFC 184

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

Vitor Belfort and his team knew fans and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brass would not be pleased once it was revealed "The Phenom" turned down interim title fights at UFC 184 against Lyoto Ma read news >>

UFC 185 play-by-play and live results

  • 23 days ago
  • 4 views

DALLAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC 185 event, and you can get live play-by-play and official results here beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET.Filed under: News, read news >>

UFC 185 live and official weigh-in results

  • 23 days ago
  • 7 views

DALLAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from Friday’s UFC 185 fighter weigh-ins. Get text-only results inside.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Trending News

Top News

Jump to: