As always these days, the news broke via Twitter:
@arielhelwani: Dana said Vitor Belfort broke his hand and is out. They are working on a new opponent for Wandy.
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Immediately after surgey, Belfort tweeted an image of the hand.
Vitor Belfort @vitorbelfort
Nao consigo dormir pensando no que aconteceu. Estou muito triste muito triste mais sei que irei voltar forte
(translation: “Cannot sleep thinking about what happened. I am very sad very sad but I know I will come back strong. Still cannot believe what happened, more so in life is to overcome our obstacles we count on you guys.”)
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"I wake up this morning, and Vitor Belfort breaks his hand, and he's in f------ surgery," UFC President Dana White said. "It never ends for me. Every day we get up, and bad s--- happens. And guess what? I can guarantee you that when I wake up tomorrow, something else is going to happen."
"I'm working on (a replacement)" White said. "Wanderlei will fight."
UFC 147 takes place June 23 at the 25,000-seat indoor arena "Mineirinho" (Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond) in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Belfort was slated to meet fellow "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" coach Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1 MMA, 4-6 UFC) in UFC 147's pay-per-view headliner.
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