Vitor Belfort Draws Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson for UFC 142 in Brazil

November 1, 2011
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Vitor Belfort will finally get his chance to fight at home in Brazil again. He has agreed to face Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 142 in January.

UFC officials confirmed the bout on Tuesday.

One of the true stars of Brazilian MMA, Belfort didn’t get the chance to fight on the last UFC card in his home country, but he was a very adamant supporter.

Now with the UFC returning there on Jan. 14, 2012, Belfort will get his chance to fight at home as he becomes the second Brazilian confirmed for the card. Jose Aldo was announced for the show on Monday.

For years, everybody has told Anthony “Rumble” Johnson that he should fight at middleweight. “Everybody” includes UFC president Dana White. Well, whether it’s a temporary move or not, Johnson is going up to 185 pounds for the chance to fight Belfort.

Since recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him for the better part of a year, Johnson returned earlier this year and has now racked up two wins in a row over Dan Hardy and Charlie Brenneman.

Now Johnson will go up to middleweight and face a legitimate top ten opponent for his first fight at 185 pounds.

The fight between Johnson and Belfort is expected to be a main card fight, but as of right now it hasn’t been officially dubbed co-main event. More information on the UFC 142 fight card will be made available in the coming weeks.

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  • afk

    a month ago he’s asking for another title shot. everybody says he needs another fight or two. now he’s fighting rumble?

    vitor loses and he looks like a chump for losing to a striker who can make 170

    vitor wins and goes nowhere in the ladder because he just beat an unranked welterweight at middleweight

    could be an incredibly exciting fight, and cheers to rumble for having the balls to move up for the phenom, but i just don’t see how this fight even came about lol.

    • Darren2112

      but if AJ wins, (beating a top 10 MW) would that make him a title contender at WW? Interesting, and maybe a little strategic on the part of AJ.

  • Bob

    Can’t wait to see Rumble at 185!

  • adice89

    very exciting matchup cant wait to see it. dont be surprised if Anthony Johnson stands up with vitor. Johnson has alot of explosive power.But for some reason I think he will get caught in a sub early in the 2nd round?…

  • It would make more sense to have Vitor vs Brian Stann or Alan Belcher. But I’m glad Rumble has stepped up to be a man and fight people close to his weight. He should just watch out for Vitor’s ground game, which is underrated.

  • adice89

    Belfort by Triangle 2nd round. Johnson is a beast though so it will be a tough one for both fighters.

    • wonggfan

      Umm..when is the last time Vitor subbed anyone?

      lol @ a TUF noob talking about Belfort.