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Dana White working to sign Vitor Belfort

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.

  • sigmund says:

    I’ve been hoping for this one. If he brings his a game he could pose as a problem for anderson silva. I hope this deal works out

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    sign Mousasi instead, he has a legit chance to beat Ando, unlike Vitor.

  • Rich S. says:

    Long time favorite fighter of mine..
    I would love to see him back in the UFC..

  • meatloaf says:

    “sign Mousasi instead, he has a legit chance to beat Ando, unlike Vitor.”

    Since Mousasi is under the same management as Fedor. It’s not going to happen,
    and Vitor Belfort has a better chance to win than any 185lb. fighter currently in the UFC. IMO.

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    IMO Vitor has about as much chance to beat Ando as Chris Leben, i.e. 0%.

  • meatloaf says:

    IMO Vitor has about as much chance to beat Ando as Chris Leben, i.e. 0%.

    Yeah right because Belfort also has sloppy stand up, throws wide looping punches and moves straight in with his hands low and his face waiting to be hit just like Leben doesn’t he?

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    yes, he does.

  • PlagueAngel says:

    Vitor Belfort will be a nice addition adding fresh blood to the UFC. He poses interesting matchups against different fighters and it looks like he could be in his prime at this point. Lets bring in Overeem and Fedor next!

  • redness says:

    I thought Belfort was supposed to fight for the WAMMA belt so much for that, But a good add to the division for sure.

  • GetItOn says:

    Belfort is a great addition. Could he take out A Silva? I doubt it but he certainly wouldn’t act like Leites. I just want to see people at least try to beat A Silva. Also, Belfort lost to Couture and Ortiz. Come on UFC, those are “good” losses! He should be right there in the mix right now.

  • edub says:

    Bring him in for a rematch with Wandy.

    Yea i think I just creamed my pants thinking about that.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Why the UFC MW division is packed with …oh yeah I can see the problem.


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