UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will return to the Octagon to take on Vitor Belfort at UFC 108 on January 2 in Las Vegas, according to the LA Times, which confirmed with UFC President Dana White that both fighters have verbally agreed to the co-headlining matchup.
Silva (25-4) has gone undefeated since early-2006, winning a record 10-straight UFC fights over the likes of Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, and Nate Marquardt. “The Spider,” who recently underwent surgery on his elbow, returns to 185-pounds to take on Belfort after moving up to light heavyweight in August, where he recorded a first-round knockout of Forrest Griffin.
Belfort (19-8), the UFC 12 heavyweight tournament winner and former light heavyweight champion, returned to the UFC earlier this month with a first-round knockout of Rich Franklin at UFC 103. “The Phenom” has now won five-straight, including previous back-to-back knockouts of Terry Martin and Matt Lindland in Affliction.
UFC 108, the UFC’s traditional year-end show which airs live on pay-per-view, is also expected to include a matchup between former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva.