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Silva-Belfort A No-Go For UFC 109, Silva May Not Fight Till April

Anderson SilvaAnderson Silva’s elbow is going to heal one day, but it won’t be today, tomorrow, or even in time for UFC 109.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the organization that a planned bout between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort will not take place on Feb. 6.

Silva’s has bone chips removed from his right elbow in October, and the joint has reportedly proved slow to heal.

Sources close to the situation informed MMAjunkie.com that “The Spider” might not be ready to fight until April, though Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Anderson’s buddy Lyoto Machida also says he won’t be ready to fight until April. If true, will they give Vitor Belfort a fight in the meantime? Belfort vs. Marquardt would be awesome, but I don’t know if they want to risk losing Vitor as their title challenger.

As for UFC 109, Randy Couture vs Mark Coleman has been signed, but if they were to lead with that fight, it would make for two very weak headliners in a row. I could definitely see them running with it, but hopefully they decide to put Nogueira-Velasquez in the main event instead. Wanderlei Silva, Michael Bisping, Mirko Cro Cop and Ben Rothwell can carry the Australia card on their own.

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