Belfort uninjured, Silva fight targeted for 2011

by John Morgan and Dann Stupp | source:

Vitor Belfort isn't injured. And, in fact, he's expected to meet UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva early next year, possibly in the headliner of a UFC 125 event on Jan. 1 in Las Vegas.

Belfort had been scheduled to fight Yushin Okami in the headliner of November's UFC 122 event before a recent card change.

Instead, as first reported by, Okami now fights recent UFC Fight Night 22 winner Nate Marquardt. Although initially believed to be injured, Belfort is, in fact, healthy, according to a recent Twitter post from UFC president Dana White. Belfort now will bypass the No. 1 contender's bout at UFC 122 for an immediate title shot with Silva.

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Dale Henson site profile image  

9/22/10 10:54 PM by Dale Henson

its still a dumb fight IMOnate should have to beat sonnen before he gets a shot. He lost a shot by losing to sonnen so now he gets one if he beats the guy sonnen already beat too?

I_Bang_Dudes site profile image  

9/22/10 9:23 PM by I_Bang_Dudes

Whether Belfort has earned the shot or not, this is the only fight for Anderson at MW that I can get excited about and the best possible outcome of this Chael fiasco.

theshooter site profile image  

9/22/10 9:23 PM by theshooter

I'm thinking that Vitor Belfort is probably going to lose to Anderson Silva. The only person I can see beating Silva right now is Chael Sonnen, and unfortunately he fucked up big time and won't get another shot for a while.

eljamaiquino site profile image  

9/22/10 9:11 PM by eljamaiquino

+1. Dana is now doing blatant money grabs. Do the people who saw Vitor back in the early days still buy PPVs? The new guys certainly don't. From a guy who just failed a test for steroids, to a guy who used steroids before to win....

spliff site profile image  

9/22/10 7:29 PM by spliff

hopefully Victor can make it to January without injuring him self

RJJH site profile image  

9/22/10 7:20 PM by RJJH

Vitor Belfort MW CHAMP!!!

Yelm site profile image  

9/22/10 5:07 PM by Yelm

 I am happy to see Silva get a fight but I do question how in the world Vitor is #1 contender?  He has exactly zero wins in the UFC at MW.  Beating an unranked Terry Martin and Matt Lindland in Affliction does not = #1 contender.

Protect Ya Neck site profile image  

9/22/10 5:03 PM by Protect Ya Neck

UFC does it always. One fight goes down and now we get silva vs vitor and okami vs nate.....awesome.

Immaculata site profile image  

9/22/10 4:30 PM by Immaculata

That's really good news.

homegrowncone site profile image  

9/22/10 4:26 PM by homegrowncone

The old real Vitor or the new old real Vitor?