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It’s been the discussion at office water coolers for months now that the primary event for March’s UFC 197 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil may be a rematch between Brazilian middleweights Anderson »The Spider » Silva and »The Phenom » Vitor Belfort. Their first bout happened at UFC 126 nearly five decades ago, in which Silva succesfully defended his UFC middleweight title with a front-kick knockout of Belfort, ultimately recording arguably the most used highlight in UFC history. The news of this rematch gets fight fans giddy with enthusiasm. So much so that it will become easy to block out their current legal troubles. Silva last saw action 10 weeks ago, where he defeated Nick Diaz via unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards. The result of this five circular main event bout was turned into a No Competition, when the former UFC middleweight champion tested positive for getting drostanolone and androsterone in his or her system. Having served his suspension, »The Spider » is prepared to make his return to the Octagon and saying is he has found himself a fight. This rematch will come following a rubbermatch for Belfort, who’s coming off a first round knockout of Dan Henderson, which happened only weeks back at UFC Fight Night 77 at Brazil. This was an impressive way for »The Phenom » to return to the win column following a failed bid in current champion Chris Weidman and his gold, and with another impressive victory over »The Spider » in this rematch, he could surely make a case for a rematch with the winner of UFC 194’s Weidman vs Rockhold. The rumored UFC 197 main event is widely talked about, mostly in part due to UFC President Dana White admitting that Silva vs Belfort II is the next fight he wishes to reserve to both veteran 185-pounders. The evening’s co-headliner was supposed to be a middleweight match-up involving Lyoto Machida and Michael Bisping, but that was demonstrated to not be the situation whenever the Michael Bisping vs Gegard Mousasi match-up was announced earlier this week. The two goes to war in presumably the principal event for February’s UFC Fight Night 83 in Bisping’s garden of London. Brazilian fighters who are not currently reserved for fights we could see about the UFC 197 battle card are Thomas de Almeida, Glover Teixeira, Iuri Alcantara, Thales Leites, Rani Yahya, Alan Patrick, Kevin Souza, Leandro Silva, Hacran Dias, John Lineker, Valmir Lazaro, Michel Prazeres, Erick Silva, Bigfoot Silva, Thiago Tavares, Godofredo Pepey, Roan Carneiro, Pedro Munhoz and Thiago Alves.
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