The UFC kicks of their fight calender for 2013 with a trip to Brazil for ‘UFC On FX 7’ this weekend.
Headlining the show is a major middleweight clash between Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping with the latter being all-but guaranteed a title shot against Anderson Silva if he emerges victorious.
The co-main event is a somewhat curious choice with TUF: Brazil semi-finalist Daniel Sarafian making his debut against another former TUF fighter CB Dollaway.
A more obvious co-main would perhaps have been the heavyweight clash between Gabriel Gonzaga and Ben Rothwell with both men having got a win under their belts in their last Octagon outings to get their respective careers back on track.
Finally, the four fight main card is rounded off by a lightweight tilt as Thiago Tavares squares off against Khabib Nurmagomedov who’s already picked up notable wins over Gleison Tibau and Kamal Shalorus in the UFC last year.
Check out the full fight card below.
Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping
Daniel Sarafian vs. C.B. Dollaway
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell
Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Godofredo Pepey vs. Milton Vieira
Diego Nunes vs. Nik Lentz
Ronny Markes vs. Andrew Craig
Edson Barboza vs. Lucas Martins
Yuri Alcantara vs. Pedro Nobre
Wagner Prado vs. Ildemar Alcantara
Francisco Trinaldo vs. C.J. Keith