In a recent interview with the Brazilian website Tatame, former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort is quoted as saying he will compete again for the Affliction promotion on Oct. 11 in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center.
According to Belfort, he will be fighting former U.S. Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland and that the fight will be for “the belt.”
It’s uncertain at this time what belt Belfort is referring to. Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio has been publicly bearish while speaking in the past about instituting Affliction-brand titles. However, the promotion did host the WAMMA heavyweight title during the main event of its July 19 show with Fedor Emelianenko procuring the belt following a first round submission over Tim Sylvia.
It’s possible that the title Belfort is referring to is a yet-to-be instituted Affliction middleweight title. FiveOuncesOfPain.com contacted WAMMA CEO Mike Lynch for comment via phone and e-mail but our requests have gone unanswered.
Both Belfort and Lindland fought and won during Affliction: Banned last month, with Lindland recording a unanimous decision over Fabio Negao while Belfort knocked out Terry Martin at 3:12 of round 2. It was Belfort’s first fight as a middleweight and Lindland’s first bout at middleweight since February 2, 2007.
“It’ll be a great fight, we’ll see who is the best of the world there,” Belfort is quoted as saying by Tatame. “I saw his fight with Negão and he’s a warrior… He comes over you, but I don’t think he has the strength to stay over me”
Belfort added that he believes his style will cause Lindland matchup problems.
“I’ll go to knock him out,” proclaimed Belfort. “My punches are well-aimed and when it hits he won’t stand”