Vitor Belfort and Ronaldo Souza will meet in the headliner of a UFC event in Brazil on May 14.
Giovani Decker, senior vice president and general manager of UFC in Brazil, announced the bout during the Brazilian TV program “Revista Combate” on Tuesday. While the date is official, a venue and city for the event were not confirmed.
According to sources, Belfort was close to signing for a fight against Yoel Romero before the Cuban middleweight was notified of a potential anti-doping violation. As a result, Souza accepted the bout, which could serve as title eliminator.
Belfort returned to the win column on Nov. 7, as he knocked at Dan Henderson 2:07 into the first round at UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo. That victory came on the heels of a first-round TKO loss to then-middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 187 this past May.
Souza, meanwhile, lost a split-verdict to the aforementioned Romero at UFC 194, although that result could be overturned to a no contest depending on the findings of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Prior to that, “Jacare” had won eight straight fights, including five inside the Octagon.