Report: Belfort Offered Randleman, EliteXC Deal

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort has reportedly been offered a fight against former heavyweight title holder Kevin Randleman at World Victory Road’s upcoming second “Sengoku” show on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.

The news comes from Brazilian magazine website Tatame, citing a quote from Josuel Distak, Belfort’s boxing coach.

“We are training hard and Belfort is close to a deal to face Kevin Randleman in Japan or in Pro Elite in June,” Distake said in the report. “He is waiting for the best offer to sign”.

Belfort has not fought since winning a unanimous decision over international veteran James Zikic at a Cage Rage event in September of last year. It was the Brazilian’s second victory in as many fights. A fight with Randleman is expected to take place at 205 lbs.

EliteXC’s potential acquisition of Belfort would immediately make him the biggest star in an almost non-existent light heavyweight division, that is if he isn’t primarily used in Cage Rage. However at this stage in Belfort’s career, especially after struggling the past four years, a string of fights against lower competition may help him to regain his confidence again.


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