It has been the discussion at office water coolers for weeks now that the main event for March’s UFC 197 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil may be a rematch between Brazilian middleweights Anderson”The Spider” Silva and”The Phenom” Vitor Belfort. Their first bout took place at UFC 126 almost five years back, where 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 this rematch will get struggle fans giddy with enthusiasm. So much so that it becomes easy to block out their current legal troubles. Silva last saw action 10 weeks back, where he defeated Nick Diaz via unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards. The result of this five circular main event bout was later turned into a No Competition, if the former UFC middleweight winner tested positive for having drostanolone and androsterone in his system. Having served his suspension,”The Spider” is prepared to make his return to the Octagon and word is he’s found himself a struggle. This rematch will come following a rubbermatch for Belfort, who’s coming off a first round knockout of Dan Henderson, which took place only weeks ago at UFC Fight Night 77 in Brazil. This was an impressive way for”The Phenom” to return to the win column after a failed bid at present winner Chris Weidman and his golden, and with 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, mostly in part due to UFC President Dana White acknowledging that Silva vs Belfort II is indeed the next fight he wants to book for both veteran 185-pounders. The night’s co-headliner was supposed to be a middleweight match-up involving Lyoto Machida and Michael Bisping, but that was demonstrated to not be the case when the Michael Bisping vs Gegard Mousasi match-up was declared earlier this week. Both will go to war in the main event for February’s UFC Fight Night 83 in Bisping’s backyard of London. Brazilian fighters That Are not currently reserved for battles we could see on the UFC 197 battle 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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