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Vitor Vs Rumble at UFC 142

Tallica19812011-11-04 05:18:09 +0000 #1


A intriguing middleweight bout between Vitor Belfort (20-9 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and former welterweight Anthony Johnson (10-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) will be part of January's UFC 142 card.

UFC officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the fight.

UFC 142 takes place Jan. 14 in Brazil, and Belfort vs. Johnson will be part of a main card expected to air on pay-per-view.

Although UFC officials haven't announced exact details, event sources told ( ) it'll likely be held at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena, which also hosted UFC 134 in August.

Recent reports suggested Belfort and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva were slated to coach an upcoming Brazilian edition of "The Ultimate Fighter," though UFC officials shot down the rumors on Monday when contacted by

Belfort had been scheduled to fight Cung Le in the co-headliner of this month's UFC 139 event but eventually was forced off the card due to injury. Belfort recently rebounded from a vicious KO title loss to champ Anderson Silva with a dominant victory over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133. Belfort, who's now won six of his past seven fights, 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.

Johnson, who recently hasn't had trouble with his weight despite some slip-ups early in his UFC career, nonetheless will move up a weight class, and he'll do so on the strength of a 5-1 run that included a recent head-kick KO of Charlie Brenneman at UFC on Versus 6. Johnson was deep in welterweight title contention but now will test the waters at middleweight.

Tallica19812011-11-04 05:29:18 +0000 #2
Damn, i posted this in the rumor thread about 5 minutes before Junkie confirmed it.
ACIDBATHBELFORT2011-11-04 05:41:42 +0000 #3
Exciting fight if it does take place! Tough first MW fight for Rumble. Its gonna be interesting to see if Vitor can keep it standing.
Roundhouse2011-11-04 06:14:59 +0000 #4

Vitor should be too much for him standing. Will be interesting to see how effective Johnson's wrestling will be against someone he doesn't dwarf. Will also be interesting to see if Belfort's bjj becomes a factor.

Either way, I think Belfort gets the win here.
wK782011-11-04 07:08:59 +0000 #5
...if belfort doesn't get hurt
Onion2011-11-04 06:19:03 +0000 #6
Wow, seriously interesting fight. Glad to see Rumble finally fighting at a more fitting weight. His skill set will cause a lot of problems for the top guys in the division (Andy included).

Rumble is no slouch standing and hits hard. Not sure he will be willing to stand with Vitor though, but who knows. Either way, I see Vitor having a really hard time in this fight. Rumble via TKO.

Guess this puts to rest the Vitor/Andy rumours.



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