As we reported last week, the UFC officially announced UFC 126 on Saturday, February 5, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. In the main event, the UFC middleweight title will be on the line when Anderson “The Spider” Silva looks to extend his record title reign against history-seeking Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, who is attempting to become only the third man to hold UFC belts in two weight classes.
Arguably the most gifted and dominating fighter in UFC history, Anderson Silva (27-4) is currently riding a record-breaking 13-fight winning streak inside the Octagon that includes seven middleweight title defenses (another record). Owner of wins over Rich Franklin (twice), Chris Leben, Nate Marquardt, Thales Leites, and Forrest Griffin, Silva’s dynamic style has baffled opponents in the UFC for over four years now. Fresh from a stirring come from behind submission victory over Chael Sonnen in August, Silva now readies himself for perhaps his stiffest challenge yet in countryman Vitor Belfort.
A veteran of the early days of the UFC, Vitor Belfort (19-8) first captivated fight fans with his blazing hand speed and fight ending power. But there was more to Belfort’s game than his knockout victories over Tank Abbott and Wanderlei Silva, and the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt showed off his abilities both standing and on the mat in memorable battles around the globe. In 2004, he stopped Randy Couture to win the UFC light heavyweight title, and after a few years away from the Octagon, he returned in 2009 with a blistering first round knockout of Rich Franklin. Now “The Phenom” looks to make UFC history against one of the best to ever put on the gloves.
“I’m back!” Belfort said. “Back to my house, to the place where I built my legacy. The feeling couldn’t be better. I’m at the right place and it’s the right time for my family members and my UFC fans to see me win that UFC title once again. You’re in for a great fight.”
UFC 126 takes place on Saturday, February 5, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.