UFC middleweight fighter Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort tweeted confirmation of his rumored middleweight title fight against champion Anderson Silva; Belfort also offered the date of their impending matchup, saying that they will be meeting this February 5th.
“Hey guys look like I will be fighting on fev on superbowl week,” Belfort posted.
Belfort was promoted to the number one middleweight contender after it was revealed that former number one Chael Sonnen popped positive for performance enhancing drugs on his UFC 117 drug test (the same event where he earned himself an immediate rematch with Silva). There is some controversy over Belfort’s claim to a middleweight title shot as he has not yet actually competed in the UFC’s middleweight division. Belfort holds an overall MMA record of 19-8.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva recently set the record for most consecutive title defenses in the UFC by defending his middleweight belt seven times in a row. Silva had the fight of his life when loud-mouthed challenger Chael Sonnen took it to him for most of five rounds, bullying “The Spider” all over the cage until the champ pulled a triangle choke out of his bag of tricks and submitted his challenger. Silva is currently out of action nursing a rib injury he sustained prior to the Sonnen fight but has been expected to make his return in the early part of 2011.
UFC 127 has yet to be officially announced by the UFC but is expected to take place this February 5th somewhere in Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with Super Bowl weekend.