Vitor Belfort Rumored to Face Cung Le at UFC 139
Vitor Belfort (20-9 MMA, UFC) announced on his official website that he’s fighting the former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 139 in San Jose, California.
With Overeem just signing over to face Brock Lesnar and with Nick Diaz signing just a few months back as well, signing Le would be no shock for UFC fans. Well, on Friday sources close to the event told the media that the bout was under consideration but that Le was still working on details for his UFC deal.
Now we’re hearing that a deal has apparently been reached.
UFC 139 is set to take place on November 19th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. With the original heavyweight title fight headliner between champ Cain Velasquez and Junior Santos moving from UFC 139 to UFC on FOX 1 the organization is likely looking for a replacement main event. And with Cung Le having such a huge fan base in the San Jose area this fight could very well be that replacement.
Le, 39, went 17-0 as a Sanshou kickboxer before moving to MMA in 2006. However, he hasn’t fought in 16 months while pursuing an acting career. In Strikeforce he posted a 7-1 record (with seven knockout victories) with his only loss during that run coming at the hands of Scott Smith, who pulled off a stunning come-from-behind KO win in their December 2009 fight. Le then avenged the defeat in his next bout with a KO set up by a spinning back kick.
Belfort, who is coming off of a vicious KO victory over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133 after his title fight loss to Anderson Silva back in February, will look to welcome Le to the UFC in a high profile fight that could possible draw huge viewership numbers. Belfort has now won six of his past seven fights and scored a “Knockout of the Night” award with the Akiyama victory. In fact, his past four victories (and nine of his past 10) have all come via knockout. I think it’s safe to say that this would be a highly anticipated fight between two very dangerous KO artists. What more could a fight fan really ask for?
So, with negotiations now taking place, lets hear some early predictions from the fans! Will Le make a successful UFC debut or will Belfort welcome Le to the octagon with cold, heavy hands and place himself back into title contention?