Anthony Johnson finally moves up to 185, fights Vitor Belfort at UFC...

Anthony Johnson finally moves up to 185, fights Vitor Belfort at UFC 142 in Brazil


UFC officials confirmed today (Wednesday) that multi-time UFC Champion Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort will return to the Octagon at UFC 142 against no other than Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, who will make his long-awaited Middleweight debut.

It’s interesting to see how good Anthony Johnson will be as a Middleweight, especially when he doesn’t have to cut around 40lbs to get down to 170lbs limit. For a fighter moving up in weight classes, Johnson is taller than Belfort and has a significantly longer reach, something that only emphasizes the absurd of him previously fighting at Welterweight.

The fight between Johnson and Belfort could determine the identity of the next UFC Middleweight title challenger, since both fighters are coming off impressive victories inside the Octagon. Belfort bounced back from defeat to Anderson Silva with a KO victory over Yoshihiro Akiyama, while Anthony Johnson currently enjoys a two-fight winning streak, beating Charlie Brenneman via TKO and Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy via Unanimous Decision.

This will be Vitor Belfort‘s first MMA bout on Brazilian soil since the legendary encounter with Wanderlei Silva at UFC: Brazil, back on October 16th, 1998. As for Anthony Johnson, “Rumble” never fought outside United States of America, and will clearly have to experience the “hostile territory effect” when fighting on January 14th at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

Further Reading: Belfort will not coach at TUF Brazil

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  • nickp44

    Nice. This is a sensible match for both fighters. More importantly, it puts an end to the Vitor vs Anderson rematch rumors and pretty much guarantees Chael vs Anderson rematch.

  • gelert456

    I think rumble is going to fight a smart fight and wrestle his way to victory, hope to god Belfort has a sharp ground game.

  • odeh91

    would’ve loved seeing this fight before vitor got knocked out. I am going to get weaked but anthony is going to win by knockout and I’m only saying this because z tour got knocked out cold by anderson silva

  • lights_out11

    This is an awesome match for rumble i think he has a chance of beating belfort!!!

  • Vergina

    Rumble via Tito/Couture/Hendo steez

  • Ryan22

    Wait…what happened to cung le?? And I think this a good move for rumble. I always thought he was way to big before. He should do well in middleweight.

  • Ryan22

    Nevermind I just remembered he’s going up against wandy

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  • dray12

    If Anthony tries striking with Vitor, he’ll more than likely get knocked out. But if he can out wrestle/grapple Vitor, that will be a huge statement.

  • crispy

    funny how i posted this two hours ago.. i need a job here :p

  • abcdefgh

    If the fight is happening in Brasil they should have given Vitor a fight he can win.

  • MMAW

    you say that like Anderson has weak striking and is incapable of KO’ing people

  • OllieHill

    I think Rumble can knock out Vitor. His striking is alot more unpredictable, he throws head kicks like punches. On top of that they are loaded with power, and he will have more strength due to not having to cut as much weight.

  • dray12

    The boxing isn’t even close though. Anthony is an absolute monster, I honestly thought he was the guy to dethrone GSP, but at MW, against Vitor, bad decision IMO, we will see though!

  • soiWANNABEafighter

    Vitor is gonna run through him and then knock out Chael( champion by that time) cold. That’s what’s up babies!

  • Ryan22

    hahaha vitor will knock out “champion” sonnen hahahahahahahahahahhaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahalolololololololololololololohahahahahahaahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhaahhaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahalolololololololololololololololololololololololhahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    Sonnen can MAYBE be champ on ufc undisputed 3. Only if there’s cheat codes. We all know sonnen doesn’t do anything without cheating

  • Ryan22

    Why did you decline then???

  • Ninja

    Ya great fight….kinda weird choice for Rumble to move now seeing that hes on a roll at WW and prolly really close to the title but can’t argue how sick this fight can be….hopefully these guys dont get injured seeing that they are like 2 of the most injury prone fighters right now

  • jesse

    tough fight for rumbles mw debut, but he should be able to win. vitor doesnt seem to do so well against guys with a reach advantage over him that know how to strike.

  • knn03

    as Joe Rogan would say, “Vitor has a very underrated ground game”. Indeed, Vitor does have a black belt in BJJ. This is a guaranteed KO of the night if they both decide to stand, as they are both outstanding power strikers. +1 for Belfort.

  • odeh91

    Lol Ya your right I should’ve explained better.. what I meant to say was vitors chin is not what it use to be, specially after the anderson silva.
    hope this fixes it.. english is my second language

  • HoustonsOwn

    I love the word “Tuesda”.


    It’s about time Rumble stopped hiding in the WW division. UFC really throwing him to the wolfs by matching him up against Vitor.

  • gm1

    Rumble is not going to stand long with Vitor. A few quick exchanges and Rumble will try to wrestle him down. Vitor will try everything in knocking Rumble out but unless he catches him with a punch, Rumble will wrestle him down and maybe submit him.

  • whitemare

    haha thats so true i am sick of ufc commentators

  • TheRealDeal

    If you think Johnson was a big WW, wait until we see him at MW. He is going to be a monster.

    I see him having his way with Belfort, especially if it goes to the ground.

  • terra2805

    Johnsons move to MW has been on the cards for a while now, he’s been struggling to make 170lbs for quite a while now but he seemed reluctant to make the switch imo. Probably because he liked having such a size and strength advantage. He wont be as big as he was at WW obviously but he will still be a strong MW. He said he was going to stand and bang with Hardy but instead used his wrestling to take Dan down and control him on the ground for 3 rounds so i seriously doubt he will stand with Vitor. I just hope Vitor has been drilling his TDD cos he’s going to need it. Somehow though, i can see Johnson winning another boring ass decision…….

  • headxkick

    Ryan22 is ah fag , lmao . but on a side note , Rumble by decision . should be good fight though,

  • Nemesis

    Don’t see rumble winning.If he didn’t want to strike with hardy there’s no chance of him hugging belfort and avoid WAAAYYY better striking.

  • KeithFarrell

    Rumble said he s going back down to WW after this fight

  • IChokePeople

    Yes, the guy that got humped to death by Kos was the guy that was going to dethrone GSP. I will write that down and note it.

  • IChokePeople

    Ryan22’s sexual orientation has nothing to do with you being a eunuch.

  • IChokePeople

    This is WAY overdue. I will be surprised though if Johnson doesn’t get stomped.

  • TheMMAfan

    Ohh my god, with all these comments nobodys giving vitor the respect he diserves, and from a guy who got rocked and then chocked out, esentially out struck by Josh Koscheck… Vitors has some of the best hands in the game, and anthony johnson is clearly nowhere near that level.. hes also alot smaller and moving up to fight a bigger vitor…. Vitor 1st round knockout

  • Ryan22

    Lol what a child. “Is a fag” haha wow, good one. Don’t get mad cus I speak the truth about things I call things the way they are sorry if your mommy still lies to you so your feelings don’t get hurt.