MENU
#Conor McGregor #Justin Buchholz #Duane Ludwig #Ramsey Nijem #Julian Lane #UFC 211 #Nate Diaz #Jon Jones #Rory MacDonald #UFC 202 #MMA KINGS #Dhiego Lima #Hayder Hassan #Joanna Jedrzejczyk #Alexander Gustafsson


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

Eye Injury Kept Georges St-Pierre from Fighting Michael Bisping | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 hours ago
  • 4 views

UFC president Dana White announced in February that former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre would return to the Octagon. read news >>

Could Vitor Belfort Be Headed to Bellator After Final UFC Fight? | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 days ago
  • 8 views

Instead of retirement after UFC 212, might Vitor Belfort be heading for fights with Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen? read news >>

UFC champ Michael Bisping: Yoel Romero-Robert Whittaker winner simply gets 'participation award'

  • 2 days ago
  • 17 views

Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker will fight for the interim middleweight title at UFC 213, but reigning champion Michael Bisping would like to make one thing clear.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Michael Bisping Confronts Gegard Mousasi on UFC Tonight (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 4 hours ago
  • 17 views

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who also serves as a co-host of UFC Tonight, confronted middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi on a recent episode. read news >>

Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series launches on UFC FIGHT PASS

  • 14 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC announced a new, live, and exclusive UFC FIGHT PASS® show titled: Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, set to launch Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The new weekly series will feature five live f read news >>

UFC GYM increases footprint in the United Arab Emirates with second Dubai location

  • 2 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC GYM® announced the continued expansion of its global footprint into the Middle East with the opening of franchises second location in the Jumeirah Beach Residence community of Dubai. read news >>

Ex-UFC fighters Kyoji Horiguchi, Anthony Birchak to compete in Rizin FF grand prix

  • 2 days ago
  • 4 views

Rizin FF officials announced today that Rizzin FF 6 will serve as the event to kick off the Japanese promotion’s bantamweight grand prix, in addition to four other fights on the card.Filed under: New read news >>

UFC Returns to Tokyo's Saitama Super Arena in September | MMAWeekly.com

  • 9 days ago
  • 10 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on Tuesday that the fight promotion would return to Tokyo, Japan's Saitama Super Arena in September. read news >>

UFC Names Official Hospital | MMAWeekly.com

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC on Monday announced that Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will serve as the global brand’s first-ever official hospital. read news >>

Yoel Romero Takes On Robert Whittaker For Interim Belt at UFC 213 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 days ago
  • 78 views

While Michael Bisping is on the mend, top 185-pound contender Yoel Romero and No. 3 ranked Robert Whittaker will fight for an interim belt at UFC 213 on July 8. read news >>