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UFC official Jan.19 card in Brazil with Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping headliner


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Reports of new bouts for the UFC's return to Brazil in January had been trickling in with regularity earlier this week. Now they're official.

 

The UFC early Saturday announced a 12-fight card in Brazil for Jan. 19, though the host city and venue are still to be determined and, the UFC said, will be announced soon. The four-fight main card is likely to air on either FX or FUEL TV.

 

Headlining the event will be a middleweight bout between recent light heavyweight title challenger and former middleweight title challenger Vitor Belfort (21-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Michael Bisping (23-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC).

 

In the co-main event, C.B. Dollaway (12-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) returns for the first time since a May win over Jason "Mayhem" Miller and takes on Daniel Sarafian (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who reached the finals of the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil," but couldn't fight due to a training injury. He'll make his official UFC debut in front of his home country after recently getting clearance to begin training again.

 

Rounding out the main card is a heavyweight fight between Gabriel Gonzaga (13-6 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and Ben Rothwell (32-8 MMA, 2-2 UFC), which MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com) on Friday reported, and a lightweight scrap between Thiago Tavares (17-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (18-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC).

 

Previously reported bouts headed for the eight-fight preliminary card include Yuri Alcantara (27-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. George Roop (12-9-1 MMA, 2-5 UFC) at bantamweight; featherweights Godofredo Castro (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Milton Vieira (13-7-2 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC); and Diego Nunes (18-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Nik Lentz (24-5-2 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) at featherweight.

 

In addition, the prelims will feature a middleweight bout between Andrew Craig (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Ronny Markes (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC); a lightweight scrap between Edson Barboza (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Justin Salas (10-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC); Michael Kuiper (12-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Thiago Perpetuo (9-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at middleweight; a light heavyweight bout between Roger Hollett (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Wagner Prado (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC); and Francisco Trinaldo (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. C.J. Keith (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at lightweight.

 

Just this past week, Belfort on Twitter said reports of a bout between him and Bisping were mere rumors ? until something was announced. The rumors, of course, now have proven to be well-founded. Belfort is coming off a fourth-round submission loss to light heavyweight champ Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 152 in Toronto. The defeat was just the second in nine fights for the Brazilian veteran, with the other coming to middleweight champ Anderson Silva at UFC 126. The fight will be nearly a year to the day from Belfort's UFC 142 win in Brazil over Anthony Johnson.

 

Bisping has been campaigning for a shot at Silva, and a win over Belfort could get him that shot. At UFC 152, the Brit beat Brian Stann by unanimous decision to get back in the win column after a close decision loss to Chael Sonnen in January. Bisping has wins in five of his past six fights.

 

The latest card for the UFC's return to Brazil now includes:

 

MAIN CARD

Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping

C.B. Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafian

Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Thiago Tavares

PRELIMINARY CARD

Godofredo Castro vs. Milton Vieira

Andrew Craig vs. Ronny Markes

Nik Lentz vs. Diego Nunes

Edson Barboza vs. Justin Salas

Michael Kuiper vs. Thiago Perpetuo

Yuri Alcantara vs. George Roop

Roger Hollett vs. Wagner Prado

Francisco Trinaldo vs. C.J. Keith

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Vitor isn't that great. Some guy was telling me about his "fast hands" during the Jones fight and I was like "yeah...blazingly" as he was trying to pull guard.

 

Bisping ud all night. I wouldn't be surprised if Vitor gassed and got tko'd.

 

Is this the same blitz we saw against jones......oh wait there wasn't one! Vitor will get out struck and out paced against the count! Simples

 

geez short memory much? Vitor had multiple injuries coming into that fight and it has been well-documented as well as taking the bout on 1 month's notice, unlike some other people in jones actual division. Not to mention Vitor did arguably win that fight after all.

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Co-main is definitely questionable, the Alcantara vs Roop or Barboza vs Salas makes for a better main card fight.

 

The card overall looks solid though, with great prelims.

 

Looking for to seeing Barboza return and he is up against Salas who loves to scrap, I do see Barboza taking him out quite easily though

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Co-main is definitely questionable' date=' the Alcantara vs Roop or Barboza vs Salas makes for a better main card fight.

 

The card overall looks solid though, with great prelims.

 

Looking for to seeing Barboza return and he is up against Salas who loves to scrap, I do see Barboza taking him out quite easily though[/quote']

 

Sarafian is the real deal, but c.b. is not. It's just a gimme fight for Sarafian imo. KO round 1/2.

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geez short memory much? Vitor had multiple injuries coming into that fight and it has been well-documented as well as taking the bout on 1 month's notice' date=' unlike some other people in jones actual division. Not to mention Vitor did arguably win that fight after all.[/quote']

 

Little boy excuses... Get over it already...

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I'm goin w/ Vitor.

 

Everyone keeps thinking of Vitor's standup when he was younger as well as his cardio.

 

Vitor improved on both plus his groundgame is very Under-rated! Bisping will be uncomfortable bringing the fight to the ground.

 

I can see Bisping "trying" to keep distance to pick apart Vitor and trying to avoid the Southpaw. . . . And dirty boxing Vitor against the cage.

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Sarafian is the real deal' date=' but c.b. is not. It's just a gimme fight for Sarafian imo. KO round 1/2.[/quote']

 

yeah it's a perfect card for him, he gets to co main event a card in his hometown and prove his worth against a notable fighter in Dollaway, he has a lot to gain from this fight especially since a lot of fans won't be familiar with him if they haven't watched Brazil TUF (including me!)

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