Vitor Belfort vs. Alan Belcher Confirmed for UFC 153

Written by Tom Ngo
July 25th, 2012

UFC Middleweight Vitor Belfort

Sometimes, the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Two days after requesting a tango with Vitor Belfort (Pictured) at UFC 153, middleweight Alan Belcher has been granted his wish. 

The UFC’s official Brazilian website confirmed the scrap Wednesday afternoon.

Belcher has been quietly making his way up the 185-pound totem pole. “The Talent” collected his fourth consecutive win by posting a TKO victory over Rousimar Palhares in May.

The 28-year-old broke his right hand on Palhares’ face during the assault and has been riding the pine ever since.

Speaking of fractured right haymakers, Belfort’s mitt is also on the mend. He was forced to withdraw from a UFC 147 shootout against Wanderlei Silva to go under the knife.

The former UFC light heavyweight champ was last seen submitting Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 in January.

The critical middleweight contest will likely co-headline the October 13th fiesta. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his throne against Erik Koch in the show’s featured attraction.

UFC 153 takes place inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Today’s announcement should be music to Chris Weidman’s ears. He has now likely emerged as the next contender to middleweight king Anderson Silva’s crown.

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