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Irish Pride 07-31-2009 07:36 PM

Belfort back in UFC vs Rich !!

Vitor Belfort is the latest fighter displaced by Affliction to migrate to the UFC.

UFC president Dana White announced he had signed the former UFC champion Friday on a conference call with reporters, “We just signed Vitor Belfort. Vitor Belfort is fighting Rich Franklin at UFC 103... It is now Rich Franklin versus Vitor Belfort headlining Dallas.”

The bout will be contested at 205 pounds said White, although Belfort’s most recent fights have been in the middleweight division.

The announcement squashed rumors Belfort had booked a fight in Brazil in September.

Belfort was one of two fighters tapped to replace Josh Barnett at Affliction “Trilogy” before the show was cancelled last Friday. Affliction folded their fight promotion operations shortly after.

The announcement of Belfort signing on with the UFC was a bit of a surprise, which added to the expected announcement that Tito Ortiz had also re-signed with the promotion.

atomdanger 07-31-2009 08:23 PM

Stupid fight IMO.

I want to see Belfort at 185.
I hope he doesn't stay at 205.

Also, I think its stupid Henderson is getting a title shot when clearly Maia deserves one

Jason 16 07-31-2009 09:20 PM

Rich is the same fighter at LHW or at MW might as well have both of them fighting with out being drained

ufcfan2 07-31-2009 11:10 PM

Personally I'd rather see a Tito v. Franklin fight,but /shrug whatever. Far as Hendo getting the next shot Im at odds with this he had a shot,and I do think Maia should get next dibs on him. I don't wanna see Nate fight him again,and Okami just can't stay healthy enough to boost himself up