Belfort will face Alan
Belcher in a middleweight duel at UFC
153, promotion officials recently announced.
Also added to the Oct. 13 card at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro was
a welterweight tilt between “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil”
Moraes and Renee Forte.
The bouts were confirmed Wednesday on the UFC’s official Brazilian
UFC 153 is expected to feature a featherweight title bout in the
pay-per-view main event, with reigning champ Jose Aldo
taking on American challenger Erik Koch.
Belfort was supposed to face off with fellow “TUF Brazil” coach
Silva last month at UFC 147, but “The Phenom” was forced to
withdraw from the bout due to injury. Belfort has rebounded from
his 2011 loss to Anderson
Silva with a pair of wins over Yoshihiro
Akiyama and Anthony
Belcher has won four straight fights. The 28-year-old returned from
eye surgery last September to defeat Jason
MacDonald; most recently, he pounded out Brazilian leg-lock
Palhares on May 5.
Forte and Moraes both saw their runs on “TUF Brazil” ended by
Sarafian. While Forte was eliminated in the show’s quarterfinal
round, Moraes met his demise in the semis. However, when Sarafian
suffered an injury and could not compete against Cezar
Ferreira at the live season finale, Moraes was called upon to
take his spot. The grappling specialist was outpointed by Cezar
“Mutante” at the June 23 event, marking his second loss in his last
three sanctioned contests.