Two men coming off very impressive knockout victories will face off in Brazil. Anthony Johnson is set to make his middleweight debut against a very tough opponent in Vitor Belfort at UFC 142 on January 14th. UFC.com shares the news:
A second Brazilian mega-star is set to fight at home at UFC 142. "Verbal agreements in for what should be an explosive matchup as powerhouse Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson moves up to middleweight to face ‘The Phenom’ Vitor Belfort at the event," UFC president Dana White said.
The news had been rumored yesterday, and the UFC finally confirmed it today. Johnson is coming off his KO win over Charlie Brenneman at UFC on Versus 6 and a move to middleweight was bound to happen sooner or later. Belfort had been scheduled to face Cung Le in the co-main event at UFC 139, but was forced to withdraw due to an injury and was replaced by Wanderlei Silva. He last competed at UFC 133 where he knocked out Yoshihiro Akiyama.