Vitor Belfort won’t get to fight in Rio de Janeiro like he had dreamed. Instead, Belfort will fight a few weeks earlier in Philadelphia at UFC 133. Speaking with ESPN, Dana White revealed that Belfort will take on Yoshihiro Akiyama.
“Verbal agreements are in for a battle between two of the most exciting fighters in the middleweight division,” UFC president Dana White told ESPN.
“Coming off three straight Fight of the Night performances, Yoshihiro Akiyama will take on former UFC light-heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort in Philadelphia.”
Akiyama sure isn’t getting any breaks. He’s coming off two straight losses to Michael Bisping and Chris Leben and arguably gets an even tougher opponent in Vitor Belfort. He’s probably too valuable of an asset overseas to cut if he loses this one too, but I could see them moving him down to welterweight (where he should probably be fighting anyways) or over to Strikeforce.
UFC 133 will take place on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia, likely at the Wells Fargo Center.
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