Vitor Belfort may have been looking to rematch current light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, however it seems he will in fact stay at middleweight, according to UFC president Dana White. It was verified during an interview with Tatame Magazine (Portuguese) that it is official for an upcoming Brazil card. His opponent will be none other than the last Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold in his UFC debut.
UPDATE: Luke Rockhold vs Vitor Belfort set for May 18 at Santa Catarina’s Arena, Jaragua, Brazil. Verified by AKA.
Coming out of the top 2012 camp, American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), Rockhold (10-1) is known for his kickboxing abilities. Recently defeating top Strikeforce contender Tim Kennedy in July, as well as Keith Jardine, and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in title headline fights. The former champ currently only holds one loss from back in 2007.
Belfort (22-10) has recently been under fire from the media and fans, as it was announced by the UFC that Vitor was in fact on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for his most recent victory over Michael Bisping. Despite what you may think of his legal exemption, the veteran fighter is currently on an 8 – 2 run, only losing to top one and two pound-for-pound greats, Anderson Silva and Jon Jones.