Vitor Belfort appears to have a date and opponent for his next Octagon appearance.
The 40-year-old Brazilian revealed via Instagram on Thursday that he will be squaring off against Uriah Hall at an as-yet-to-be announced UFC event on Jan. 14. The Las Vegas-based promotion has yet to confirm the middleweight pairing.
“I just signed my bout agreement for January 14th at UFC,” Belfort wrote. “I always looked for big challenges and in my last UFC fight it couldn’t be different… [Uriah Hall] it’s a honor to share the cage with a such young and talented fighter. Thanks for accepting the fight!”
“The Phenom” last appeared at UFC 212 on June 3, when he captured a unanimous decision victory over Nate Marquardt. Belfort is 2-3 with one no contest in the Octagon since 2015. Belfort initially hinted that he was planning on finishing up his promotional contract at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, but he changed course following the win over Marquardt.
Hall, meanwhile, halted a three-bout skid with a come-from-behind technical knockout victory over Krzysztof Jotko in the second round at UFC Fight Night 116 on Sept. 16. The 33-year-old “Ultimate Fighter 17” finalist owns notable wins over Gegard Mousasi, Chris Leben and Thiago Santos in the Octagon.
Acabo de assinar o contrato para lutar no UFC dia 14 de Janeiro. Eu sempre busquei grandes desafios e na minha última luta no UFC não poderia ser diferente... @uriahhall será uma honra dividir o octógono com um lutador tão novo e talentoso. Obrigado por aceitar a luta! I just signed my bout agreement for January 14th at UFC. I always looked for big challenges and in my last UFC fight it couldn’t be different... @uriahhall it’s a honor to share the cage with a such young and talented fighter. Thanks for accepting the fight!