Vitor Belfort vs Michael BispingThe Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday announced the full fight card for its Jan. 19 return to Brazil. A middleweight showdown between Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping heads the card.

A location for the event isn’t quite ready to be revealed. The event will, however, be broadcast in Brazil exclusively by Channel Combat.

The UFC, as they did in 2012, is kicking off 2013 in Brazil in what will likely be the first of several events in the country throughout the year. There has been speculation that the promotion is targeting as many as 12 events in Brazil in 2013.

“As we had anticipated, 2013 will be a busy year for the Brazilian fans. We are very happy with this event on Jan. 19 that, just as we did in 2012, opens the calendar year of the UFC,” said Marshall Zelaznik, director UFC’s international development, before adding that they hope to announce the location “in the coming weeks.”

Belfort (21-10) is coming off of a loss to Jon Jones at UFC 152 in September. The Brazilian stepped up on short notice to challenge the light heavyweight champion after several other fighters turned down the opportunity.

Belfort now returns to middleweight and his home country to headline the show against Bisping (23-4).

The Englishman enters the fight hot on the heels of an important victory over Brian Stann, also on the UFC 152 fight card in Toronto. Bisping has been angling for a shot at middleweight champion Anderson Silva. A win over Belfort would certainly put him in contention for the shot.

UFC Brazil Full Fight Card for Jan. 19:

Main Card
-
Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping
-
CB Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafian
-
Ben Rothwell vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
-
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Thiago Tavares

Preliminary card
-
Godofredo Pepey vs. Milton Vieira
-
Andrew Craig vs. Ronny Markes
-
Nik Lentz vs. Diego Nunes
-
Justin Salas vs. Edson Barboza
-
Michael Kuiper vs. Thiago Bodão
-
George Roop vs. Yuri Marajó
-Roger Hollett vs. Wagner Cauldron
-
CJ Keith vs. Francisco Massaranduba

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all your UFC news and updates.

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

Related News

Michael Bisping tears Vitor Belfort a new one – again

  • 9 days ago
  • 5 views

GLASGOW, Scotland – A fired up Michael Bisping talked up his next fight and made UFC executives wince following a split-call win over Thales Leites at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 72.Filed under: Featu read news >>

Vitor Belfort interested in Michael Bisping rematch: If he wants another kick, punch, I’m in

  • 8 days ago
  • 45 views

Vitor Belfort dispatched Michael Bisping to start the win streak that earned him a shot at the UFC middleweight title, and the Brazilian is open to another clash with "The Count". Belfort is still lo read news >>

Vitor Belfort agrees to rematch Michael Bisping, vows to 'shut his big mouth'

  • 7 days ago
  • 17 views

Longtime 185-pound contender Michael Bisping got his career back on track earlier this year with a victory over CB Dollaway, then proved it wasn't a fluke by notching a hard-fought decision win over read news >>

Michael Bisping Wants Rematches with ‘Cheating Scumbags’ Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson

  • 7 days ago
  • 39 views

Following his UFC Fight Night 72 win over Thales Leites, Michael Bisping called for rematches against 'cheating scumbags' Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson. read news >>

UFC Heads Back to Japan on September 27 with Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson Headlining

  • 25 days ago
  • 7 views

The UFC is headed back to Japan with another stacked card headlined by heavyweight’s Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson at the Saitama Super Arena on the September 27. read news >>

Bellator Signs Heavyweight Chase Gormley to Multi-Fight Deal

  • 25 days ago
  • 24 views

Bellator MMA announced on Thursday the signing of heavyweight, Chase Gormley (12-4, 1 NC), to an exclusive, multi-fight deal. read news >>

UFC Full Fight Flashback: Michael Bisping Knocks Out Elvis Sinosic

  • 26 days ago
  • 15 views

Michael Bisping put Elvis Sinosic on his back in a dominant first-round performance, but in the second round, Sinosic had a few tricks up his sleeve. read news >>

Complete UFC on FOX 16 card announced

  • 26 days ago
  • 16 views

UFC on FOX 16 is set. The card, set for July 25 in Chicago, was finalized by the UFC on Wednesday. T.J. Dillashaw will defend his bantamweight title in a main event rematch against Renan Barao. The c read news >>

UFC Returns to Ireland in October, and Conor McGregor Wants in

  • 26 days ago
  • 9 views

UFC officials on Wednesday announced their intention to hold another card in Dublin, Ireland. And guess what? Conor McGregor is hoping to be the headliner. The initial news came from UFC officials We read news >>

Heavyweight Josue Lugo Jumps at RFA 27 with an Eye to the UFC

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

Heavyweight Josue Lugo heads into Friday's RFA 27 believing the UFC is just a fight or two away. read news >>