Rockhold to make UFC debut vs. Belfort

February 13, 2013, 3:58 PM

The last ever Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will make his UFC debut against Vitor Belfort in the main event of a UFC event in Brazil later this year. UFC president Dana White confirmed the news while in London today.

Rockhold (10-1) has won nine consecutive fights and has not competed since last July when he won a unanimous decision over Tim Kennedy.

Belfort (22-10) is coming off a knockout win over Michael Bisping in a January bout that also took place in his home country of Brazil.

The exact date and venue have not been determined yet, but White expects the event to take place sometime in the late spring or early summer.

The bout could determine the next No. 1 contender in the 185-pound division. Champion Anderson Silva is expected to defend his title against Chris Weidman later this year.

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