More news out of Dana White’s trip to the UK as the UFC President confirmed a middleweight tilt that will likely serve as a title eliminator. The proposed bout will see Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold take on Vitor Belfort. While White remained mum as to a date, venue and platform, it will likely be part of the UFC on FX series.
Rockhold (10-1) has been on the shelf for quite some time due to a shoulder injury which kept him out of the Strikeforce finale. The AKA product most recently defeated Tim Kennedy in July to retain his middleweight title. The Santa Cruz native comes into the UFC positioned as one of the top contenders, hoping a win over Vitor Belfort can earn him a shot at Anderson Silva.
Belfort (22-10) recently played spoiler to Michael Bisping, knocking out the Brit and sending him to the back of the line as far as contention goes. While it would appear that a win over Rockhold could give “The Phenom” a chance to redeem himself against Anderson Silva, it’s Jon Jones that the Brazilian has his eyes on.
MMAFrenzy will release details as they become available.