The UFC execs have already said that they will be hosting nearly 10 events in Brazil in 2013 due to the high demand and successful turnouts for UFC events in Brazil. Not all of these events will be pay-per-view’s however as the fans have become accustom to, but instead regional events – which will likely air on Fuel TV and FX. The regional events will host local fighters and up and coming talents. Jan. 19th was a date put out for their first 2013 event, but the targeted date currently carries no official venue for the event. As of right now there is only three matches that look to be set, with a headliner bout in limbo.
Godofredo Castro will be taking on Milton Vieira in a featherweight bout. Milton was originally signed to Strikeforce where he submitted his first opponent. The problem is that Strikeforce has no featherweight division so he was moved to the UFC. In his first UFC bout he took on Felipe Arantes which went to a draw. Now he takes on Godofredo who was on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, but lost the tournament finale to Rony Jason. Now both fighters will get a second chance at their first win in the octagon.
The next bout is Yuri Alcantara vs. Johnny Eduardo. Alcantara entered the UFC after one fight in the WEC, and he promptly moved to 145. From there he beat two opponents, but lost to rising contender Hacran Dias back in June. He will take on Johnny Eduardo who is currently 1-1 in the UFC, and has been fighting since 1996 while Alcantara started in 2004. Weirdly enough there is only two years different in the twos ages.
Lastly, Nik Lentz will take on perennial top ten featherweight Diego Nunes. Nik Lentz was considered a boring fighter when he won five straight fights by decision when he entered the UFC. Unfortunately, two consecutive losses coupled with a near loss that was overturned had him dropping weight. The drop paid off when he demolished his first opponent at 145 within a round. Now, he gets a big step up in competition in Diego Nunes who has went 7-3 since entering a Zuffa promotion. While he has not finished one of those seven wins he has only lost to legitimate fighters in LC Davis, Kenny Florian, and Dennis Siver. This card could be quite action packed despite the star power.
Also in talks, but still ‘in the air’ as management puts it, is Vitor Belfort versus Michael Bisping in the headline. As of now, the UFC has verified that the contract for that fight has not been signed. The rumored hold-up is if Bisping can get a shot of the upcoming Boestch versus Weidman on Dec. 29.