Cung Le

Vitor Belfort wants to keep busy and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le wants to fight in the UFC. Wish granted on both accounts.

In a bout now secured for UFC 139 in San Jose, Calif., Vitor Belfort will meet Cung Le in a middleweight fight on the card.

Belfort announced the fight via his website and also made the announcement via his Twitter account late Saturday night.

Cung Le on Saturday morning added his own confirmation of the fight via Twitter. “San Jose here we go UFC 139! I am honored to be part of the UFC and would like to thank Dana White & Lorenzo Fertitta for this opportunity.”

Following a disappointing loss to Anderson Silva for the middleweight gold, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort came back in blistering fashion at UFC 133, where he put away Yoshihiro Akiyama in less than two minutes.

Now the Brazilian phenom will step into the cage at UFC 139 to face a local legend who gets to live his dream.

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le has been a busy guy over the last year, but none of that had to do with his fight career. Le has become very active with acting roles in Hollywood, and hasn’t fought since June 2010, but had the hunger to come back to the sport, if the right conditions existed.

“I know for a fact that if I do fight again, it’s going to be in the UFC. I’ve never fought in the UFC, but I would love to fight in the UFC,” Le told when appearing at the San Diego Comic Con in July.

Now it appears Le is getting his wish to fight in the UFC, and he’ll do so in front of his adopted hometown crowd in San Jose.

Le becomes the latest fighter defection from Strikeforce after being purchased by Zuffa earlier this year. Former welterweight champion Nick Diaz as well as former heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem are now both out of Strikeforce and in the UFC. Current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson is also deep in talks to rejoin the UFC, which would make three champions plus one former champion out of Strikeforce and on the UFC roster.

While the UFC has yet to officially announce UFC 139, the card is expected to take place on Nov. 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. Belfort vs. Le is almost guaranteed a main card slot, and it may even garner co-main event status when all is said and done.

(UPDATED on Sept. 10, 2011 to include Cung Le’s confirmation of the fight.)

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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

Related News

Video: Fedor Emelianenko reunites with PRIDE boss, announces NYE return in Japan

  • 23 days ago

Watch Bellator and SPIKE TV announce that Fedor will be fighting in Japan on NYE. After weeks of speculation, Fedor Emelianenko finally announced his return bout during the Bellator: Dynamite 1 broad read news >>

Still bound by UFC contract, Cung Le wants retirement fight under Scott Coker

  • 25 days ago

SAN JOSE -- Former UFC and Strikeforce star Cung Le spoke with MMA Fighting on Thursday about his current contract status with the UFC, why he wants to fight for Bellator and the possibility of there read news >>

UFC announces six new dates for upcoming FOX, PPV fight cards

  • 25 days ago

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is quickly rolling out its 2016 fight campaign, recently releasing the dates and event numbers for the next six mixed martial arts (MMA) events not previously ann read news >>

Bellator MMA announces return to ESPN Deportes

  • 26 days ago

Bellator MMA continues to expand its global reach with a new broadcast deal bringing its live sporting events back to ESPN's Spanish language channel. Bellator MMA is coming home to the first network read news >>

Vitor Belfort on Chris Weidman's UFC 187 drug test: 'Did he stop cycling?'

  • 26 days ago

Vitor Belfort decided to lobby an accusation back in the direction of his UFC middleweight Chris Weidman when discussing drug testing recently. Vitor Belfort's name has come up a bit in recent days d read news >>

Hey Chris Weidman, Vitor Belfort wants to know if you cycled off your testosterone

  • 26 days ago

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Chris Weidman has a big title fight coming up at the UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) event. That's where he faces ex-Strikeforce titleholder Luke read news >>

Vitor Belfort talks controversial pre-UFC 187 drug tests, wonders if Chris Weidman stopped 'cycling’

  • 26 days ago

Four months later, Vitor Belfort has decided to fire back at Chris Weidman. Days before the middleweight title fight between Weidman and Belfort in May, a report by ESPN revealed that both fighters p read news >>

UFC announces return to London on Feb. 27

  • 26 days ago

The UFC is headed back to London for a Fight Night card on Feb. 27 at the O2 Arena.The last time the UFC was in London was at UFC Fight Night 37 on March 8, 2014. Alexander Gustafsson defeated Jimi M read news >>

Vitor Belfort, other UFC Fight Night 77 stars react to Nick Diaz’s suspension

  • 27 days ago

Nick Diaz was fined $150,000 and suspended for five years by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for failing a post-UFC 183 drug test for marijuana use in January, and a few fighters seem to be spli read news >>

Chael Sonnen says he's facing Josh Barnett in Metamoris

  • 28 days ago

Chael Sonnen, who debuts this Friday night as an announcer for the World Series of Fighting, announced on Monday that he would be facing Josh Barnett in a Metamoris submission grappling match later t read news >>