The UFC officially announced their Super Bowl weekend card slated for Feb 5 in Las Vegas on Tuesday as middleweight champion Anderson Silva will defend his belt against Vitor Belfort in the main event.
The long rumored event set for the Mandalay Bay was made official with Silva vs. Belfort leading the way, for the card set to go down the night before the biggest sporting event in the U.S. happens on Sunday.
Silva comes into the fight on an incomparable winning streak, and ranked by most as the top pound-for-pound fighter in all of mixed martial arts. Hoping to hand him his first loss in over 5 years will be fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort.
Belfort enters the fight on a 5-fight win streak of his own, and wants to claim the middleweight title to go along with a slew of other belts he’s won during his career.
Also announced for the Feb card were two light heavyweight match-ups set for main card status. Former champions Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin will do battle in a 205lb special attraction, while two of the top young guns in the division meet with Jon “Bones” Jones meeting Ryan Bader.
“Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort is a fight fan’s dream match,” said UFC president Dana White. “It’s a fight people have wanted for years. Don’t blink because both of these guys have dynamite in their hands and can end the night quickly and in very exciting fashion.
“Plus, I can’t wait to see Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin mix it up; they’re two former champions that are known for being in the middle of instant classics. And then we have the next wave of stars in the Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader fight. Both of these guys are the future of our sport and possess unlimited talent. It’s impossible to pick a winner here.”
Tickets for UFC 126 will go on sale Saturday, Dec 11 at all Ticketmaster locations, with UFC Fight Club members being able to purchase tickets starting on Thursday Dec 9.