The UFC is working to schedule a middleweight fight between Vitor Belfort and Tim Kennedy in Brazil, UFC President Dana White said late Friday.
In an interview with MMAFighting.com, White revealed that Zuffa CEO Lorenzo Fertitta spoke with Belfort’s wife on Thursday about the proposed match-up.
Kennedy later revealed via Twitter that he will soon pack his bags and head to Brazil.
“I’m going to Brazil to fight Vitor,” the fighter wrote.
Belfort (23-10) is currently on a two-fight win streak, four in a row at middleweight with his only loss in that span being a light heavyweight title fight with Jon Jones. Belfort lobbied for a middleweight title shot after Anderson Silva lost to Chris Weidman, but the UFC made plans to promote a Dec. 28 rematch between Silva and the new champ.
Kennedy (16-4) is a former challenger to the Strikeforce middleweight title. In his last outing, he won a unanimous decision over multiple-time Jiu-Jitsu world champion Roger Gracie at UFC 162. The win made for a successful UFC debut.
The UFC is yet to make an official announcement regarding a match between Belfort and Kennedy, and a date and venue are yet to be determined for the 185-pound fight.
GRACIEMAG.com will have more information about the fight and rest of the card as more information becomes available.