According to Affliction middleweight, Vitor Belfort, in an interview with Tatame.com he confirms that he will face Matt Lindland in a 185lb title fight at the next show for the promotion on Oct. 11 that is currently rumored to take place in Las Vegas.
Belfort suffered a broken hand in his last fight for Affliction against Terry Martin, but the former Ultimate Fighting Championship title holder doesn’t believe the injury will be a problem.
“The doctor will analyze it, but I may stay four weeks out,” Belfort said in the interview. “I’ll come back in October 11th to fight Matt Lindland for the belt”
The Brazilian looked very impressive during his fight with Martin and many fans and critics had speculated that a fight between Belfort and Lindland could happen at a future Affliction event.
For his part, Lindland, after being out for over a year, came back to defeat Fabio Negao at the same Affliction show. The Oregon native has been busy focusing on his fight career while also making a run for a seat in his home state’s house of representatives.
Rumors have been swirling ever since the first Affliction show as to who might appear on the 2nd show. Pedro Rizzo has already mentioned his return on the Oct. 11 show and everyone from Fedor Emelianenko to Tito Ortiz has been rumored for the card as well.
Messages to Matt Lindland from MMAWeekly.com were not immediately returned for comment on the fight.