Las Vegas may have just received an epic Brazilian showdown for its UFC 167 card. Official number two UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort versus number two light heavyweight Lyoto Machida are targeted to meet at 185 pounds according to UFC brass. The rumor was verified yesterday during UFC Tonight, as even Dana White is said to “love the match-up.” The 167 card is a monumental event, landing on the UFC’s 20th anniversary on Nov. 16., featuring headliners Georges St-Pierre versus Johny Hendricks.
You may have forgotten about the running grudge between Machida and Belfort, but Machida has not. The camp was quick to remind fans that Belfort was very disrespectful to Machida in the build-up to his fight against Jon Jones. After White had revealed that many denied the fight against Jones, including Machida — Belfort would make under-handed comments that he wasn’t afraid like the others. On fight night he would go on to wear a shirt saying ‘Your son doesn’t run away from a fight,’ which Machida felt was targeted at him.
Machida may have lost his top contender spot after a close and controversial fight against Phil Davis, however he may have a new home at middleweight. After his long time friend Anderson Silva had lost the title, he now has another belt to chase, should he choose. A win for either perennial contender, more than likely guarantees them a shot at the winner of Weidman vs. Silva in early 2014.