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.