After weeks of speculation and debate as to who Vitor Belfort will fight next, the UFC is reportedly trying to book a bout between “The Phenom” and middleweight Tim Kennedy…Yes, that’s right. How’s that for a bit of sideswipe? More recently there’s been talk that the promotion may look to the #7 ranked Costa Philippou, and Gegard Mousasi has also been driving hard for a crack at Belfort, but Kennedy tweeted Friday:
I’m going to brazil to fight Vitor! I’m bringing ranger panties, Greg Jackson and Ranger Up.
Dana White also relayed in an interview with MMA Fighting.com’s Ariel Helwani that the promotion is trying to sign Belfort-Kennedy. The bout would take place in Brazil (which could explain why Philippou wasn’t an option, since he apparently isn’t down with the idea of fighting Belfort and his TRT in the South American nation). Recently there have been reports that the UFC is looking to promote another event in Brazil on October 9th, but nothing has been announced.
Belfort (23-10) has been campaigning hard for a title shot for sometime, but now that the UFC has locked up a rematch between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva at UFC 168, the punishing striker will likely need to fight in the meantime.His KO win over Rockhold took place in May, so if Belfort were to wait for a crack at the belt, a year could conceivably go by without him fighting.
Kennedy (16-4) made his Octagon debut earlier this month at UFC 162 and outscored Roger Gracie for the UD win. The only man to defeat the decorated soldier in his last ten bouts are Rockhold and “Jacare” Souza.
So, guess we’ll find out soon enough if Belfort agrees to the bout, which although surprising, could be pretty entertaining.
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