It appears as though former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort will be maikng his return to the octagon in the very near future.
UFC President Dana White confirmed that is actively working to get the heavy handed Brazilian back to the UFC during a segment of “Inside the Octagon” that ran during The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale last evening.
“I’m working on some other 185 pounders,” revealed White during the commercial break. “Vitor Belfort, he’s a former heavyweight who moved down to 205. Now he’s at 185 pounds. He’s got great hands, he’s good on the ground, and if his head is right he can be a very dangerous guy.”
Eleven of Belfort’s twenty six professional bouts have been fought under the UFC banner. Vitor got his start in the octagon in his second bout way back at UFC 12 where he stopped Tra Telligman and Scott Ferrozzo to win the event’s heavyweight tournament. Belfort’s most recent stint with the UFC saw him lose his last two bouts to Randy Couture at UFC 49, and Tito Ortiz at UFC 51.
Belfort has won his last four straight bouts with his most recent being a devastating first round knockout over the highly rated Matt Lindland at Affliction: Day of Reckoning.
It is currently unclear as to when Belfort will make his return to the UFC and who his opponent may be as he is currently scheduled to face off with Jorge Santiago in a middleweight contest at “Affliction Trilogy” on August 1.