The UFC 153 card, which goes on October 13, at HSBC Arena, in Rio de Janeiro City, has new attractions. Vitor Belfort became the seventh Brazilian confirmed for the event, returning to the stage where he submitted Anthony Johnson this year, in January. The opponent will be American Alan Belcher, who comes from a victory over the Brazilian Toquinho. Also news is the definition of the opponent for the winner of the first edition of TUF Brazil Rony Jason. The fighter, who had been confirmed for the card without an opponent, will face Sam Sicilia, participant of the 15th season of the reality show in the United States. Sicily comes from a win in TUF 15 Finale against Cristiano Marcello, another Brazilian confirmed for UFC 153.
Belfort, who would face his rival coach on TUF Brazil Wanderlei Silva for UFC 147, in Belo Horizonte, had to give up the battle due to a hand injury. Now, he’s got a new chance to fight in Brazil, this time in Rio de Janeiro. Belcher comes from four victories: Rousimar Toquinho, Jason MacDonald, Patrick Cote and Wilson Gouveia. Happy with the opportunity, Belfort celebrates the chance to fight at home again:
“Undoubtedly, it’s a great pleasure. Especially seeing the impact of the sport in my country today. I’ve always dreamed of moments like this and I am very happy to fight here again, for my fans”, declares Belfort, ensuring full recovery from his injury until the fight. “I have just been authorized to test my hand. I still feel it a little when punching, but it sure will be 100% for the fight. This is a sacrifice I must make, and I’ve kept myself in shape. I’ll go for it!”
About the opponent, Vitor only praises him: “He is an excellent fighter, a tough guy and good in all the elements. He comes from a very good win over Toquinho. Surely this will be a great test for both”, and concludes: “I’m focused on the belt, but what comes ahead is Belcher and now I’m only thinking about it”.
The main fight of the night will be between the featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, and the young American Erik Koch.