On January 19th, 2013 the UFC returns to Brazil for UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs Bisping. In the main event of the evening former Middleweight and Light Heavyweight title challenger Vitor Belfort will looked to deny the same opportunity to British bad boy Michael Bisping. Dana White has declared that if Bisping were to defeat Belfort in his homeland on Saturday night he would be granted the next title shot at the pound for pound greatest fighter on the planet and Middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Bisping has long coveted this opportunity, but many have felt that he is undeserving to be in the cage with the Champion. If the Count does emerge victorious this weekend, even the his greatest critics will be hard-pressed to deny his shot at the title. For Belfort, his road to another title shot isn’t nearly as clear, but he has told the UFC brass that they had best search for another title challenger because Michael Bisping will not leave Brazil with a victory.
In the co-main event of the evening a battle between Ultimate Fighter finalist CB Dollaway and TUF Brazil competitor Daniel Sarafian. Sarafian was forced to withdraw from the tournament after advancing to the finals and many felt that he would have been crowned the winner had he remained healthy. For Dollaway, he is coming off of a victory over Jason Miller hopes to continue his momentum with another win the ever-growing Middleweight division.
Rounding our the four fight main card, Ben Rothwell returns to action against the for Heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga and Thiago Tavares makes his third straight appearance on home soil against the undefeated Russian Sambo master Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The preliminary fights feature a number of talented Brazilian fighters including Diego Nunes, Francisco Trinaldo, Edson Barboza, Ronnie Markes, and Yuri Alcantara. Attempting to ruin the home crowds night against their fan favourites will be a group of fighters lead by Nik Lentz, Andrew Craig, and CJ Keith. The entire card breakdown can be viewed below along with the latest episode of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA Predictions covering the four main card fights. The preliminary predictions can be found at the link posted below and make sure you check out the UFC on FX 7 Bet Pack and make your Picks in the public Pick section of the website.
Middleweight Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping
Middleweight Daniel Sarafian vs. C.B. Dollaway
Heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell
Lightweight Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Preliminary Card (Fuel TV)
Featherweight Godofredo Castro vs. Milton Vieira
Middleweight Ronny Markes vs. Andrew Craig
Featherweight Diego Nunes vs. Nik Lent
Lightweight Edson Barboza vs. Lucas Martins
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Lightweight Francisco Trinaldo vs. C.J. Keith
Bantamweight bout: Yuri Alcantara vs. Pedro Nobre
Light Heavyweight bout: Wagner Prado vs. Ildemar Alcantara