UFC President Dana White confirmed that plans are in place for Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold yesterday while in London. A date and venue have not been confirmed yet, but it will likely take place during the second quarter of 2013. The fight will headline a major event in Brazil, and the winner will most likely establish themselves as the number one contender at Middleweight.
Luke Rockhold is on a 9 fight win streak, defending the Strikeforce middleweight championship in his last two outings. His last fight was a unanimous-decision victory against tough opponent Tim Kennedy in July. Rockhold, who trains at the American Kickboxing Academy, has been campaigning for a fight against Belfort in recent weeks. It looks like his wish has been granted.
On the other hand, Vitor Belfort looked phenomenal in a recent TKO win against top middleweight contender Michael Bisping last month. He is 8-2 in his last 10 fights, with his only losses coming at the hands of two UFC champions; Jon Jones and Anderson Silva. Belfort is eager for a rematch against either opponent, with aspirations of once again holding a UFC belt. There’s only one thing standing in his way, and that is Luke Rockhold.