Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
It's official: Two of the world's top middleweights are expected to collide when Vitor Belfort takes on Michael Bisping at a soon-to-be-named UFC event on Jan. 19, 2013, in Brazil.
"The Count" and "The Phenom" -- who is recuperating from another broken hand -- will headline a soon-to-be-named UFC event that is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2013, at a city and venue to be named in Brazil, according to an announcement on the Brazilian version of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) website.
Belfort (21-10) took a break from his middleweight duties to accept a short notice fight against reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Despite some early drama, in which the Brazilian locked on a ligament-straining armbar, the former division titleholder couldn't seal the deal and eventually tapped to a fourth-round Kimura.
The ensuing loss sent him back to 185 pounds, where he's currently riding a two-fight win streak.
That's one more than Bisping, who rebounded from a close decision loss to Chael Sonnen earlier this year to out-point Brian Stann at last month's "Jones vs. Belfort" event in Toronto. "The Count" has been knocking on the championship door his entire career and a win over Vitor might finally be the reason it opens.
Assuming he doesn't get KTFO in the process.
Several other match ups have been announced for the upcoming fight card in Brazil, most of which you can check out right here. We'll keep you up to date on any and all additional announcements or related event news as it happens.