Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort could be set to fight again at UFC 212 on June 3, Fighters Only understands.
According to Ag.Fight, Belfort, 40, has agreed to replace Kelvin Gastelum, who was flagged for an anti-doping violation last week, and renew acquaintances with Silva for a bout in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Despite talk of Luke Rockhold being the man to fill the Gastelum-sized void, it would appear Belfort, a fellow Brazilian Silva defeated in 2011, has received the nod, much to the delight of the UFC’s Brazilian fan base.
The first Silva-Belfort fight, with the UFC middleweight championship up for grabs, took place in Las Vegas at UFC 126 and ended in a first round knockout for Silva. Since then, of course, both men have experienced mixed fortunes, Silva losing his title, Belfort losing his mojo, but even now, six years on from their initial encounter, any meeting between ‘The Spider’ and ‘The Phenom’ is bound to grind a nation to a halt.