Wanderlei Silva takes spot of injured Vitor Belfort at UFC 139

When the UFC recently announced Cung Le would make his Octagon debut on November 19 at UFC 139 against Vitor Belfort, the salivary glands of most fans immediately started working overtime at the thought of how things would unfold given their arsenal of stand-up weaponry.

Unfortunately, according to Belfort as well as his bosses at Zuffa, “The Phenom” has been forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury that will keep him sidelined until December. However, rather than sacrifice the any potential entertainment value by filling Belfort’s absence with a grappler, the UFC brass has come through with an equally exciting replacement in the form of Brazilian bomber Wanderlei Silva.

Though he is considered to be one of the nicest individuals in MMA outside of the ring, “The Axe Murderer” has a legendary reputation for both ferocity and dishing out damage to his opponents inside of it. His career features past knockouts of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (twice) and Keith Jardine, as well as wins over Michael Bisping, Ricardo Arona, and Dan Henderson.

Le should have his hands full given Silva’s style though is no slouch when it comes to striking thanks to his career as a world-class San Shou kickboxer. The former Strikeforce 185-pound champion is 7-1 as a Mixed Martial Artist with seven wins via TKO including victories against Tony Fryklund, Scott Smith, and Frank Shamrock.

UFC 139 takes place in Le’s hometown of San Jose and features additional fights including Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story, Brian Bowles vs. Urijah Faber, and recently announced all-star affair between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Henderson.

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10 COMMENTS
  • JBAR says:

    I don’t know if Wandy can match up with the speed of Le but it will be interesting to watch.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    i like this better…

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    i prefer this match up, mainly because i have never been endeared by Vitor
    could be a good fight for Wanderlei, i fancy his chances

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  • stone says:

    I think Le has a better chance against Wand…. It almost seemed unfair for Le to match him up with Vitor for his 1st match in the ufc…. Le is still going down though, trust me…

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  • Kamakosmo says:

    hindsight…I agreed with your post up until you used the word “fancy”. That word does not belong in an MMA forum (unless you’re talking about a fighters “feet movement”!!) I’m Just playing!

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  • G-DUB says:

    The has-been vs. the never-was. I’ll go with the has-been. Much more interesting match-up. Vitor is in another league and would’ve destroyed Le

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  • Angry Mike says:

    This fight is ten or eleven years too late for ‘Wand. The ‘Wand from 2000 to early 2005 would’ve destroyed Le. A win for ‘Wand is unlikely, especially if Le shows up in shape and prepared. ‘Wand has changed from his signature attacking style to a more traditional boxer. Le can keep him at a distance and pummel him with kicks. I would’ve preferred to see Belfort, who has less wear and tear than ‘Wand.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    i fancy being locked in a Carano triangle?
    i fancy being stuck in Meisha Tates full mount
    i fancy being stuck in any position with sarah ponce
    see, it fits just fine!!

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Devastating and unaswerable arguments. Hindsight wins.

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  • Batman says:

    I like this cause Cung Le can actually win this fight. I love Cung Le’s style he’s very fun to watch.

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