Amidst many rumors surrounding Vitor Belfort‘s next bout, it appears that one has been officially confirmed. It was reported earlier that Forrest Griffin turned down a fight with ‘The Phenom,’ but the Brazilian brawler will face outspoken Brit Mchael Bisping at an as-yet-to-be-named location in Brazil on January 19th. The announcement comes as a confirmation of earlier rumors, which were downplayed by Belfort and others.
Both fighters come into the bout on the back of fairly impressive resumes. The only knock on the two may be that they lose to truly top-level competition when faced with the challenge. This is evident by Belfort’s loss to Anderson Silva and Bisping’s to an Henderson. Bisping comes in off of one of his highest-quality wins after defeating Brian Stann at UFC 152. Belfort also fought there, facing Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones and losing by submission. However, Belfort’s stock has probably not dropped off too much, thanks to his near-finish of Jones.
The fight joins other confirmed bouts including Ben Rothwell versus Gabriel Gonzaga and C.B. Dolloway and Daniel Sarafian. Brazilians UFC events have been delivering in a big way as of late, appearing lackluster only when they are ravaged by inuries (as many cards obviously have this year). Stay tuned to Lowkick.com for more on the January event as it develops.