Report: Rockhold-Belfort set for May 18

The website Tatame, which first reported a future bout between Santa Cruz’s Luke Rockhold and Brazilian Vitor Belfort, is now reporting there’s a date and a venue.

The website confirmed details for UFC on FX 8, which will be headlined by Rockhold and Belfort, for May 18 at at Arena Jaraguá in Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

The UFC has not formally announced the fight, but president Dana White did say the two fighters had agreed to a bout during a recent press conference for UFC on Fuel TV 7.

This will be Rockhold’s UFC debut. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion has won nine straight fights, but hasn’t fought since he defeated Tim Kennedy by unanimous decision on July 14.

He’s 10-1 in his career.

Belfort (22-10), who is seven years older than Rockhold, has won three of his last four fights — including a TKO win over Michael Bisping in January.

Another fight already being reported pits Constantinos Philippou (12-2) against Ronaldo Souza (17-3). Souza, of course, previously owned the Strikeforce middleweight belt before Rockhold defeated him by unanimous decision in September 2011.

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