Vitor Belfort vs. Jacare Souza Headlines UFC Fight Night in Brazil

January 19, 2016

It’s not the title shot that Vitor Belfort had hoped for, but the former light heavyweight champion will face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza on May 14 in Brazil, with the winner making a strong case to remain in middleweight title contention.

UFC officials announced the bout and the event on Tuesday, although they had yet to name a specific location. The event will air live on FOX Sports 1 in the United States.

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Belfort had been linked to a rumored rematch with Anderson Silva at UFC 197 on March 5 in Rio de Janeiro, but that all changed when UFC 197 was shifted to Las Vegas and Silva was shifted to a bout against Michael Bisping in February in London.

Jacare vs Belfort PosterComing off of a win over Dan Henderson in November, Belfort (25-11) is currently 4-1 during his recent run at middleweight. His lone loss during that stretch was to then-champion Chris Weidman. His odds of getting another title shot were certainly helped when Luke Rockhold, whom he holds a win over, recently defeated Weidman for the belt.

Jacare (22-4, 1 NC) recently had an eight-fight winning streak halted by Yoel Romero at UFC 194 in December. The outcome of that split-decision loss will likely stand, even though Romero was recently popped for a potential out-of-competition anti-doping violation.

Considering the narrow margin in the Romero fight, his previous streak, and his most recent loss before Romero being to Rockhold,  a win over Belfort would go a long way towards putting Jacare into a title fight.

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