It has been the discussion at office water heaters for months now that the primary occasion for March’s UFC 197 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil may be a rematch between Brazilian middleweights Anderson”The Spider” Silva and”The Phenom” Vitor Belfort. Their very first bout happened at UFC 126 nearly five decades ago, in which Silva succesfully defended his UFC middleweight title with a front-kick knockout of Belfort, ultimately recording arguably the most used highlight in UFC history. The news of the rematch gets fight fans giddy with enthusiasm. So much so that it becomes easy to block out their recent legal troubles. Silva last saw action 10 months back, where he defeated Nick Diaz via unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards. The result of the five circular main event bout was turned into a No Contest, when the former UFC middleweight winner tested positive for having drostanolone and androsterone within his or her system. Having served his suspension”The Spider” is ready to create his return to the Octagon and word is he’s found himself a struggle. This rematch would come following a rubbermatch for Belfort, who’s coming off a first round knockout of Dan Henderson, which happened just 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 golden, and also another remarkable victory over”The Spider” in this rematch, he could certainly make a case for a rematch with the winner of UFC 194’s Weidman vs Rockhold. The rumored UFC 197 major event is talked about, mostly in part due to UFC President Dana White admitting that Silva vs Belfort II is indeed the next fight he wishes to reserve for 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 was demonstrated to not be the case whenever the Michael Bisping vs Gegard Mousasi match-up was declared earlier this week. The two goes to war in presumably the main event for February’s UFC Fight Night 83 in Bisping’s garden of London. Brazilian fighters who are not currently reserved for fights 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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