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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