Vitor Belfort. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Despite jetting over to the United Kingdom to fight after a positive test for steroids under the watch of the state of Nevada, former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort is being advertised as returning to action against fellow heavy-hitter Terry Martin on the undercard of Affliction Clothing’s upcoming “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The bout became listed on the event’s official website earlier today.
Belfort is currently riding a two-fight winning streak, most recently winning an unanimous decision over James Zikic at a Cage Rage show last September. Belfort hasn’t fought in the United States since testing positive for anabolic steroids following his loss to Dan Henderson in October 2006. The fight against Martin is expected to be Belfort’s debut at middleweight.
It’s unknown at this time whether or not Armando Garcia and the California State Athletic Commission intend on clearing Belfort to fight. Messages to Garcia and Monte Cox, Martin’s manager, for a comment on the situation, were not returned at the time of publication.
Martin recently took a short hiatus from mixed martial arts to concentrate on his new-found boxing career, of which he won his first professional bout. He was released from the UFC following two straight losses to Marvin Eastman and Chris Leben respectively. Martin is currently slated to take on PRIDE veteran Daiju Takase at Adrenaline MMA’s inaugural show this weekend in Chicago.
The show will be headlined by a heavyweight showdown years in the making as former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in the night’s main event.
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