The Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will make his debut with the UFC against Vitor Belfort at a major event in Brazil.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the match-up today while in London for the UFC on FUEL TV 7 pre-fight press conference.
Rockhold and Belfort will headline the event which will take place at an unknown venue on an unknown date, which White confirmed will take place in the second quarter of 2013.
Belfort (22-10) is coming off a giant win against Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC on FX 7 earlier this year. Following the victory, Belfort called out UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. It looks as if “The Phenom” will remain at 185 pounds for now though.
Following the event, the UFC announced that Belfort was allowed testosterone replacement therapy. Many believed that he would fail his post-fight drug test, however those rumors fell false when it was revealed that he past.
Rockhold (10-1) has been sidelined due to injury since last July when he won a unanimous decision over Tim Kennedy to retain his Strikeforce middleweight belt. Rockhold called out Belfort in the past few weeks and it looks like his wish has been granted.
The bout between Belfort and Rockhold will more than likely be for number one contender status.