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Vitor Belfort suffers broken hand, out of UFC 147 main event with Wanderlei Silva

There will be no rematch between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva after all, at least this summer, as Belfort has suffered a broken hand and is out of their main event meeting at UFC 147. Belfort and Silva were both coaches on TUF Brasil, making for the second such match-up to fall apart due to injury this year (with the other involving Urijah Faber-Dominick Cruz and TUF 15).

News of the situation surfaced on the Fuel TV post-show for UFC 146. A replacement for Belfort is currently being sought.

“The Phenom” owns a first round knockout victory over Silva from 1998 and “The Axe Murderer” has said many times he has wanted a rematch ever since. Belfort has already undergone surgery to repair the break. He was hoping for a big win over Silva to catapult him back into title contention in the UFC’s middleweight division.


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