MMA fans will be glad to hear the UFC will be adding another dynamic fighter to their roster. According to MMA veteran Vitor Belfort, he’ll be fighting former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le at UFC 139, scheduled for Nov. 12.
Rumors have been circulating around the MMA community about Le trying to secure a spot on the UFC 139 fight card. Now it appears something has finally been worked out between the UFC and Le. The UFC hasn’t officially announced Le’s acquisition, but that is expected to follow shortly.
Belfort is certainly a notch above Le’s competition in his previous fights, and the Vietnamese-American MMA fighter will be in for a tough test in his UFC debut. Many hardcore MMA fans refuse to give Le credit for his accomplishments in the cage; given the fact his opposition hasn’t always been the toughest in the business.
Belfort will give Le the perfect opportunity to prove once and for all he’s a legitimate MMA fighter. Besides being a former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Belfort has been pretty impressive in his recent fights (except against current middleweight champ Anderson Silva of course), winning six of his last seven MMA fights.
For Le, a win against Belfort and his legitimacy as an MMA fighter will no longer be a question. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a super-fight between Le and Silva taking place if the former kickboxing champion gets past Belfort at UFC 139.
Le definitely isn’t invisible as Scott Smith showed the world at “Strikeforce: Evolution”, but I do expect the Sanshou master to step up to the challenge against Belfort. I doubt grappling will be a factor in the contest. Belfort is a dangerous striker in his own right, and MMA fans can expect fireworks when these two veterans meet inside the cage.
In the end, Le is the technically superior striker, and I expect him to pull off the win at UFC 139.