“UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold” is set for May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina. UFC officials on Tuesday made a formal announcement of the card and its current lineup of fights.
The main card of UFC on FX 8, featuring a middleweight bout between Brazilian favorite Vitor Belfort (22-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and final Strikeforce 185-pound champ Luke Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
The card was made official Tuesday and according to reports, the UFC announced bouts between lightweights Mike Rio (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Francisco Trinaldo (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and light heavyweights Roger Hollett (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Fabio Maldonado (18-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC).
Mike Rio was a cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter Live” a year ago, though he returns for his second fight in the octagon, he was injured on the show and couldn’t compete on Season 15’s live finale, delaying his official debut with the promotion to December, which was a submission win over John Cofer at the TUF 16 Finale.
Trinaldo, is also a “TUF” alum, as he was part of the inaugural “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil” cast looks to win his second straight in the octagon. Trinaldo has had all three of his fights in the UFC in his home country of Brazil, including a second-round submission of C.J. Keith in January at UFC on FX 7, giving him six wins in his past seven fights.
In the light-heavyweight division, Roger Hollett will try to get back on track after dropping his UFC debut this past September in Toronto to Matt Hamill at UFC 152. Hamill was returning from retirement and picked up a unanimous decision, snapping the Canadian’s five-fight win streak.
Hollet will take on Fabio Maldonado, who is also coming off a loss at the hands of Glover Teixeira at UFC 153, in a fight that was very one-sided. Maldonado showed tons of heart in a losing effort, showing he has one of the best chins in the sport, while taking tons of punishment. With three straight losses, the Brazilian will get one more shot. But a loss is likely to send him packing, especially with UFC President Dana White’s recent revelation that the promotion still needed to trim its roster by roughly 100 fighters this year. Maldonado won his UFC debut in October 2010, but since has dropped unanimous decisions to Kyle Kingsbury and Igor Pokrajac, then the doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to Teixeira in October.Tags: mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, ufc news, ufc on fx ufc on fx 8