In a somewhat startling development, the oversized welterweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has agreed to move up in weight to take on Vitor Belfort in Brazil this upcoming January.
UFC officials confirmed the booking this afternoon.
“Verbal agreements in for what should be an explosive matchup as powerhouse Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson moves up to middleweight to face ‘The Phenom’ Vitor Belfort at the event,” UFC president Dana White said.
UFC 142 is expected to go down on Jan. 14 from Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena. However, the event itself has yet to be officially announced by the UFC. On the card so far is a featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.
Anthony Johnson last saw action at UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson this past October. He earned knockout of the night honors with a first round head kick over Brenneman to earn his sixth win in his last eight fights.
After losing his title shot against Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort recently bounced back with an exclamatory victory of his own against Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133 this past August. The victory secured him knockout of the night honors and marked his sixth win in his last seven professional outings, with the lone loss coming way of the aforementioned title fight with Anderson Silva earlier this year.
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