Although UFC President Dana White had reported that a main event bout for UFC 103 between Rich Franklin and the newly re-signed Vitor Belfort was to take place at light-heavyweight during a press conference held earlier this afternoon, it now appears that the bout between the two will now take place at a catch-weight of 195 pounds.
The news comes directly from Franklin himself who posted the news of the bout’s catch-weight agreement via his personal Twitter account.
“Just found out I will be fighting Vitor at a catch-weight of 195 as per his request,” recently tweated the former UFC middleweight champion.
The bout with Belfort will mark Franklin’s second 195 pound fight in as many bouts. His last trip to the Octagon saw him on the winning end of a hard fought decision over Wanderlei Silva competing in the same weight class.
Belfort was recently signed by the UFC after the cancellation of “Affliction Trilogy” where the Brazilian knockout artist was scheduled to face off with Jorge Santiago. his last appearance saw him crush Matt Lindland with a series of punches in a middleweight contest held at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning in January of this year.
The bout between Franklin and Belfort was recently made in favor of a previous headlining bout between Rich and Dan Henderson that many fans had voiced displeasure over.
UFC 103 will be taking place on September 19 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
A full list of the bouts now expected for UFC 103 are listed below:
Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort
Martin Kampmann vs. Mike Swick
Junior dos Santos vs. Mirko Filipovic
Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg
Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca
Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller
Sean Sherk vs. Gleison Tibau
Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal
Eliot Marshall vs. Jason Brilz
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Robert Emerson