Rockhold & Belfort will headline Brazil event — #1 contender at stake

Posted: February 13, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news, UFC Events
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luke-rockholdIt is being reported that a UFC event in Brazil will be headlined by Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold in what could be a #1 contender’s match. Dana White didn’t name a date, but it is expected to take place by Spring/Summer of this year.

This fight isn’t a bad idea. I was scratching my head thinking about where Rockhold—the final Strikeforce middleweight champion—would fall in the eyes of the UFC. I didn’t think an immediate title shot—as they have done with Gilbert Melendez, and tried to do with Alistair Overeem—was warranted. A fight with top contender Belfort will give us some clarity on that matter, while not disrespecting Rockhold with a lousy mid-level matchup.

Belfort stands to be the hometown hero—and odds-on favorite—in this fight. He bounced back from a loss to Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones with a resounding win over contender Michael Bisping to put him back into the title mix at middleweight.

Rockhold had a phenomenal run in Strikeforce, going 9-0 and winning the championship belt. After earning the title from Jacare Souza, he has successfully defended it twice—against Keith Jardine and Tim Kennedy. Due to injuries, he hasn’t been able to fight since last summer.

As I said, I didn’t think Rockhold deserved an immediate shot at Anderson Silva. This fight gives him a chance to prove he belongs in the top tier of the division against a guy who’s been gaining some momentum. Stay tuned for more on this fight.

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