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Vitor Belfort To Face Terry Martin At Affliction “Banned”

Vitor BelfortEarlier today Affliction released the complete and revised fight card for their star-studded MMA debut event “Banned” which is slated to take place next month in Anaheim, California.  The most recent addition to the card being a “swing” bout between former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, and UFC veteran Terry Martin. The “swing” label means that the bout may be broadcast as part of the main card, undercard, or not at all.

Brazilian Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort made his UFC debut in 1997 where he won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12.  Belfort left to fight in the Japanese promotion PRIDE between ’99 and ’01, and would return to the UFC in 2002  where he lost to Chuck Liddell at UFC 37.5.  Belfort won the UFC light-heavyweight title at UFC 46 after opponent Randy Couture was deemed unable to continue due to a badly positioned cut, though Belfort would lose the rematch with Couture at UFC 49.  At PRIDE 32 in 2006, Belfort tested positive for steroids following his decision loss to Dan Henderson. Belfort was suspended for nine months due to the positive test result and was fined $10,000.

Belfort last fought and defeated James Zikic at Cage Rage 23 to become the Cage Rage light-heavyweight champion.  Belfort has also racked up notable wins over Tank Abbott, Wanderlei Silva, Gilbert Yvel, Heath Herring, and Marvin Eastman.

Terry Martin has been in and out of the UFC since UFC 54 where he got knocked out by James Irvin’s infamous flying knee. Martin would prove to be average at best inside the octagon, most recently losing back-to-back to Chris Leben and Marvin Eastman. Martin has defeated Ivan Salaverry, Jorge Rivera and Chael Sonnen, and recently won his professional boxing debut.

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