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UFC on FX 8: Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold Preview

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Tom Szczerbowski-USA Today Sports

UFC on FX 8 features an important middleweight bout between dynamic striker’s Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold.  Up for grabs is a potential title shot, which is set to be defended by Anderson Silva against Chris Weidman.  Also, Rockhold has taken some shots at Belfort for taking TRT (testosterone replacement therapy), so it’s apparent that he is ready to play the psychological warfare game leading up to the bout.

Belfort has been one of the most exciting middleweights in the UFC and has beat some quality opponents in Rich Franklin, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Anthony Johnson.  Belfort even challenged Silva for the title, but he came up short in dramatic fashion as Silva was able to land a fighting-ending front kick.

Since this devastating KO, Belfort has looked sharp and would even move up to light heavyweight to challenge Jon Jones for his crown.  In this title fight, Belfort would secure an armbar that almost got him the victory, but Jones somehow got out of it.  Despite losing this bout as well, Belfort is still considered by many the second best middleweight in the UFC.

Rockhold has been a standout fighter under the Strikeforce promotion for many years.  Training out of the American Kickboxing Academy, Rockhold has shown to have a dynamic skill set which would eventually allow him to capture a title from Ronaldo Souza.  

Now he has the chance to fight for a title if he can get past the heavy-handed Belfort.  It certainly will not be an easy task, but Rockhold is up for the challenge.  He couples his striking with his wrestling quite nicely, and he is a legitimate challenger for Belfort.