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Alan Belcher vs. Vitor Belfort confirmed for UFC 153

Rumor became fact earlier today when the UFC revealed middleweight Alan Belcher had his wish granted and would be fighting Vitor Belfort in Brazil at UFC 153. The hopeful title-contender expressed his willingness to step up to the plate for such a scenario during a number of recent interviews aimed at landing him a significant opponent to potentially beat.

UFC officials confirmed the match-up earlier today.

The 18-6 Belcher has won his last four fights including finishes of Patrick Cote and Rousimar Palhares. Overall, the Roufusport product has stopped sixteen of the opponents he’s beaten with a nice balance of submissions (seven) and TKOs (nine).

Belfort will be fighting in his proverbial backyard for the second straight time with his previous outing involving an opening round submission of Anthony Johnson this past January. The legendary striker is 21-9 in his decorated career with wins over the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Rich Franklin.

UFC 153 is scheduled for October 13 in Rio de Janeiro with other notable bouts including Quinton Jackson-Glover Teixeira and Jose Aldo-Erik Koch.


  • Richard Stabone says:

    This should be a damn good fight.

    So Bisping faces Stann in September, followed by Belfort & Belcher in October.

    Now we wait to hear what’s next for Silva, Weidman & Boetsch.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Provided Vitor doesn’t reprise his stellar Mr. Glass impression, I agree.

    Middleweight is looking very interesting, especially considering it was allegedly a shallow pool a few months ago.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Some solid depth in the MW division but a lack of a clear contender for Silva’s next defense.

    Maybe have Weidman fight Boetsch next, for the right to face Silva?

    Then the winners out of Bisping/Stann & Belfort/Belcher face each other for the next #1 contender slot.

    Only problem is that leaves old man Silva on the sidelines for quite a while.

  • Lord Faust says:

    That makes sense, though I would imagine Dana wants to cash in as many of Silva’s last few fights as possible — before age / lack of enthusiasm sets in.

    It will never happen but I’d love to see Anderson use some of his pull to get Rockhold to come over. I mean, Strikeforce’s MW division is 3 guys….

  • Rece Rock says:

    War belfort

  • hindsightufuk says:

    good for Alan, he deserves a break, hope its a main event. Also i fancy Alan for the win.
    good fight

  • This is the fight both guys need. For Belfort a chance to prove he’s still able to hang with the best for Belcher a chance to make people realize how much of a contender he really is. Belcher by tko round 2.

  • Rich S. says:

    I’ll always root for Vitor, but he better watch out in this one. Belcher is a real sleeper. Seems he always wins when he’s the underdog.


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