UFC's Brazil return on Jan. 19, 2012, for Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping event will be UFC on FX 7 and feature a four-fight main card. For more on that and the complete event line-up click here. Photo: Josh Hedges/Getty Images
You wanted it? You got it. After initially being rumored yesterday when both Alan Belcher and Vitor Belfort called each other out and tentatively accepted a fight against each other, the UFC made it official for UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, later this October. Both "The Phenom" and "The Talent" are coming off some solid wins in the middleweight division and are looking to move up the ladder. What's your first impression on this stellar matchup?
Anthony Johnson weighs 211-pounds just hours before his "middleweight" fight against Vitor Belfort, who weighs 205-pounds, at UFC 142 tonight (Sat., Jan. 14, 2012) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This according to UFC President Dana White, who tweeted the update just minutes ago. Does this make anyone feel differently about the match-up?
Yoshihiro Akiyama will drop down to welterweight after losing his last three fights in the middleweight division, according to Sponichi. After losing to Vitor Belfort at UFC 133, "Sexyama" apparently considered retirement before thinking better of it and finally deciding to take Dana White's advice and move down to the 170-pound division. Akiyama also said he would like to debut in his new division when the UFC heads to Japan in Feb. 2012. Any ideas on a possible opponent? Who would you like to see him fight in his new weight class?
Vitor Belfort poses with Dana White while he's being given his lofty $70,000 "Knockout of the Night" bonus check for putting Yoshihiro Akiyama to sleep in the first round of their fight tonight (Aug. 6) at UFC 133: "Evans vs. Ortiz 2" in Philadelphia. For more bonuses and awards information from the event click here.
UFC 133 poster for "Evans vs. Davis" on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia (Pic). Expect a bigger and better version to emerge as fight night draws closer. For ticket information click here.
Vitor Belfort has contracted Hepatitis A, according to his official Twitter account. "The Phenom" is still expected to fight Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133 on Aug. 6, 2011, in Philadelphia. The virus does not remain in the body after the infection has gone away, but it could take 3 to 6 months to fully recover from it.
Rich "Ace" Franklin graces the cover of the Januay 2011 issue of Muscle and Fitness magazine in the lead-up to his fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 126: "Silva vs Belfort" on Feb. 5 in Las Vegas.
In advance of his 185-pound title shot, the heavy-handed Vitor Belfort has brought in "Iron" Mike Tyson to help get him ready for Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. Who's predicting a knockout win for "The Phenom" now? Props: Sherdog.com
Iron sharpens iron: Vitor Belfort focuses on fine tuning his striking with Gil Martinez at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas in preparation for his showdown with Yushin Okami at UFC 122 in November (Pic).