Joe Camporeale, US PRESSWIRE
All it took was a few tweets, and UFC 153 had itself a matchup of top middleweight contenders.
The rumored fight between Vitor Belfort and Alan Belcher is officially on, as the promotion confirmed the pairing on Wednesday. Just as the fight was conceived on social media, it was also announced the same way, through the company's Brazilian twitter account. While the UFC didn't give any indication of the match's placement on the card, it's likely to serve as the night's co-main event.
Belfort had originally campaigned for a fight against surging Chris Weidman, but Weidman spurned the overture, believing himself to be the No. 1 contender to face Anderson Silva. In the meantime, Belcher challenged Belfort on Twitter, and Belfort eventually accepted.
Both fighters will be aiming to position themselves in the Anderson Silva derby, as the long-reigning UFC middleweight champion waits for a true top contender to emerge.
Belcher has won four in a row and six of his last seven overall, most recently knocking out Rousimar Palhares at May's UFC on FOX 3 event. Meanwhile, Belfort will be returning from a broken hand. He was supposed to face Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147, but was forced out due to the injury. Prior to that, he submitted Anthony Johnson at January's UFC 142.
UFC 153 is set for Oct. 13 at the HSBC Arena in Rio. The main event will feature featherweight champ Jose Aldo defending his belt against challenger Erik Koch. The show is also scheduled to feature the last octagon fight for Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who says he will be leaving the organization after fighting Glover Teixeira.
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