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Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort Planned for UFC 108

Anderson Silva Defeats James IrvinUFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will return to the Octagon to take on Vitor Belfort at UFC 108 on January 2 in Las Vegas, according to the LA Times, which confirmed with UFC President Dana White that both fighters have verbally agreed to the co-headlining matchup.

Silva (25-4) has gone undefeated since early-2006, winning a record 10-straight UFC fights over the likes of Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, and Nate Marquardt. “The Spider,” who recently underwent surgery on his elbow, returns to 185-pounds to take on Belfort after moving up to light heavyweight in August, where he recorded a first-round knockout of Forrest Griffin.

Belfort (19-8), the UFC 12 heavyweight tournament winner and former light heavyweight champion, returned to the UFC earlier this month with a first-round knockout of Rich Franklin at UFC 103. “The Phenom” has now won five-straight, including previous back-to-back knockouts of Terry Martin and Matt Lindland in Affliction.

UFC 108, the UFC’s traditional year-end show which airs live on pay-per-view, is also expected to include a matchup between former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva.

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