The middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort that has been postponed multiple times already is no longer happening at UFC 112. There’s been an injury, but this time it’s not Anderson, it’s Vitor. News of the injury first surfaced on Tatame earlier this afternoon.
One of the most expected fights of 2010 will not happen anymore. The title fight between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort, set to UFC 112 main event, will possibly be cancelled, as TATAME.com learned from close sources that the challenger is injured and won’t be able to recover in time.
Jayme Sandall, Karate trained of the challenger, revealed to TATAME.com that Belfort had a shoulder injury, but he doesn’t know how bad it is. “He was training but not using the arm for a long time because of the injury, he said he’d stop for a while. He said he’d have it scanned to know how bad it is, but I don’t talk with him for 15 days and I don’t know about the results”, said.
Kevin Iole has since confirmed with Dana White that Vitor has in fact sustained a shoulder injury and won’t make it to Abu Dhabi for the title. It’s unknown if the UFC will seek a replacement, such as Chael Sonnen, or if they’ll just postpone the fight once again. A report is expected on Yahoo! Sports shortly with further details. I’ll update then.
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Update: Iole’s report is up. All it adds at the moment is Anderson Silva will stay on the card, but they aren’t sure if he’ll defend his title or not. I assume they’re first choice is replacing Belfort with Chael Sonnen but it’s unknown at the moment if he’d be ready and willing for the quick turnaround, plus his facial lacerations will likely be a major obstacle.
Update 2: Dana White has confirmed that Anderson Silva will defend his middleweight title at UFC 112, but didn’t say who his opponent will be. Chael Sonnen has been handed a medical suspension that prohibits him from training with contact until March 9 and fighting until March 24. Basically, it’s possible but it wouldn’t give him much time to prepare for the biggest fight of his career, although he apparently indicated after UFC 109 he would continue training in case Belfort was injured. Vitor is expected to undergo surgery for his shoulder.