At the UFC’s return to Fortaleza, Brazil #8 ranked middleweight Vitor Belfort faces #10 ranked Kelvin Gastelum. UFC Fight Night 106 takes place March 11th at the Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil with three prelims webcast at UFC Fight Pass, four prelims and the six-fight main card broadcast on Fox Sports 1.
25-13 Vitor Belfort is still ranked #8 despite two TKO losses in a row, against #3 ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and #5 ranked Gegard Mousasi. Belfort’s third fight since losing to Chris Weidman for the title was a KO of Dan Henderson, a head kick that earned Belfort a “Performance of the Night” bonus. 13-2 Kelvin Gastelum has been moving between welterweight and middleweight with his two wins last year being a unanimous decision over Johny Hendricks that was supposed to be at welterweight until Hendricks missed weight and a TKO of Tim Kennedy at middleweight.
The co-main event features #6 ranked light heavyweight and former champion Mauricio Rua vs. #12 Gian Villante. Rua was champion from May 2010 when he defeated Lyoto Machida until his loss to Jon Jones in his first tile defense in March 2011. After a pair of losses to Dan Henderson and Ovince Saint Preux in 2014 Rua bounced back to defeat Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in 2015 and Corey Anderson in 2016 to enter this bout 24-10. 15-7 Villante is 3-2 during the time of Rua’s comeback with a win over Corey Anderson, loss to Tom Lawlor, win over Anthony Perosh, loss to Ilir Latifi, and most recently win over Saparbek Safarov.
- MW: Garreth McLellan vs. Paulo Henrique Costa
- BW: Rani Yahya vs. Joe Soto
- FW: Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Kennedy
Prelims on Fox Sports 1
- LW: Michel Prazeres vs. Josh Burkman
- WW: Sergio Moraes vs. David Ramos
- FW: Godofredo Pepey vs. Kyle Bochniak
- LW: Francisco Trinaldo vs. Kevin Lee
- WW: Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means
- WBW: Bethe Correia vs. Marion Reneau
- Flyweight: Jussier Formiga vs. Ray Borg
- LW: Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush
- LHW: Mauricio Rua vs. Gian Villante
- MW: Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum