A rematch between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort could be coming early in 2016.
UFC President Dana White told Joe Rogan on his podcast on their flight back from Australia that they’re working on that fight, after Rogan said he’d like to see it again.
“I don’t disagree,” White said after Rogan expressed his interest. “We’re working on it. I think Vitor [likes the idea].”
Silva and Belfort fought in February of 2011 for the UFC Middleweight Championship, with Silva scoring one of his greatest highlights in a front face kick KO in the first round. Both fighters have since dealt with PED issues, and while Belfort has made his return since his latest issue, Silva will be returning from his suspension in early 2016.
Penick’s Analysis: With the UFC heading back into Brazil in March, it’s a reasonable enough fight. Of course, there’s also criticism to be made of booking two fighters in Brazil with questionable drug testing history after PED issues against one another. Still, it’s a fight that the UFC can sell in Brazil, so if they feel that’s the move to make, they’ll make it.