UFC ready to set Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold

Chris Trotman

Despite a win over potential contender Michael Bisping, Belfort doesn't have the backing to become Anderson Silva's next contender. Instead, the UFC wants to match him against the former Strikeforce MW champion.

AT UFC On FX 7, Vitor Belfort upset the UFC's plans for their next Middleweight contender. Prior to the event, UFC president Dana White promised Michael Bisping a shot at Anderson Silva if he could get past Belfort. That contendership promise did not extend to the Brazilian who's now on a 3-fight win streak at 185 lbs.since getting KO'd by the champ.

Following his second round KO of Bisping at FX 7, Belfort chose to call out Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who submitted him at UFC 152. He called the next contender Chael Sonnen a "clown" and plead to replace him at UFC 159.

The UFC brass confirmed that Belfort would need at least one or two more quality wins before rematching Silva, and essentially disregarded his challenge to Jon Jones. Instead the UFC plans to match him against Luke Rockhold for the former Strikeforce MW champion's UFC debut.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the promotion's intention Thursday following the UFC On Fox 6 press conference.

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