It’s been the talk at office water heaters for months now that the primary event for March’s UFC 197 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil could be a rematch between Brazilian middleweights Anderson»The Spider» Silva and»The Phenom» Vitor Belfort. Their first bout happened at UFC 126 nearly five years back, where Silva succesfully defended his UFC middleweight title with a front-kick knockout of Belfort, finally recording arguably the most used highlight in UFC history. The news of the rematch will get struggle fans giddy with excitement. So much so that it will become easy to block out their recent legal issues. Silva last saw activity 10 months ago, where he conquered Nick Diaz via unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards. The consequence of this five circular main event bout was later turned into a No Contest, when the former UFC middleweight champion tested positive for getting drostanolone and androsterone in his system. Having served his suspension»The Spider» is ready to make his return to the Octagon and word is he’s found himself a fight. This rematch will come after a rubbermatch for Belfort, who’s coming off a first round knockout of Dan Henderson, which happened only weeks back at UFC Fight Night 77 in Brazil. It had been an impressive way for»The Phenom» to go back to the win column after a failed bid in current champion Chris Weidman and his gold, and also another remarkable victory over»The Spider» in this rematch, he would surely make a case for a rematch with the winner of UFC 194’s Weidman vs Rockhold. The rumored UFC 197 main event is widely talked about, largely in part because of UFC President Dana White admitting that Silva vs Belfort II is indeed the next fight he wishes to reserve to both veteran 185-pounders. The evening’s co-headliner was supposed to be a middleweight match-up between Lyoto Machida and Michael Bisping, but that has been demonstrated to not be the situation whenever the Michael Bisping vs Gegard Mousasi match-up was declared earlier this week. Both goes to war in the main event for February’s UFC Fight Night 83 in Bisping’s garden of London. Brazilian fighters who are not currently reserved for battles we could see about the UFC 197 fight card are Thomas de Almeida, Glover Teixeira, Iuri Alcantara, Thales Leites, Rani Yahya, Alan Patrick, Kevin Souza, Leandro Silva, Hacran Dias, John Lineker, Valmir Lazaro, Michel Prazeres, Erick Silva, Bigfoot Silva, Thiago Tavares, Godofredo Pepey, Roan Carneiro, Pedro Munhoz and Thiago Alves.
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