If things had gone according to the original plan, MMA legend Vitor Belfort would compete in the final fight of his illustrious MMA career this very evening, as he was scheduled to battle Uriah Hall in the co-main event of the UFC’s anticipated debut in St. Louis. Regrettably, Hall was hospitalized in the midst of his weight cut, which of course meant that Belfort’s retirement fight was put on ice.
Luckily, it seems that the Brazilian legend already has a new date for his retirement fight. According to a report from Combate, Belfort will battle Michael Bisping when the UFC touches down in London on March 17. The expectation is that this bout will also be Bisping’s retirement fight.
Belfort and Bisping have fought once before, back in January of 2013. On that night, Belfort flattened Bisping with a second-round head-kick.
Since then, Belfort has been hot and cold, defeating Luke Rockhold, Dan Henderson (twice), and most recently Nate Marquardt, and losing to Chris Weidman, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Gegard Mousasi.
Bisping, meanwhile, went on to capture the UFC middleweight title, scoring an epic, upset knockout of Luke Rockhold in 2016. Since his loss to Belfort, he’s also defeated Alan Belcher, Cung Le, CB Dolloway, Thales Leites, Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson, and lost to Tim Kennedy, Rockhold, Georges St-Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum.
It is not yet known if this reported Belfort vs. Bisping rematch will headline the UFC’s return to London. Other highlights of this UFC London card include a light heavyweight rematch between Jimi Manuwa and Jan Blachowicz, and a lightweight bout between Rustam Khabilov and Kajan Johnson.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/14/2018.