A broken hand may have laid waste to the headlining bout originally planned for this past weekend’s UFC 147 lineup but it looks like the UFC is still looking to have Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva meet in front of their fellow Brazilians before the year ends. According to UFC official Marshall Zelaznik, the Octagon will likely return to Rio in October with the event playing host to Belfort-Silva II.
The two legends first locked horns in 1998 with “The Phenom” putting the finishing touches on Silva in less than a minute. Recently, the rivalry was rekindled on TUF Brasil where each served as an opposing coach, and when Belfort fell to injury after taping concluded Silva was quick to call him out as being scared rather than actually hurt.
Another interesting note from the aftermath from UFC 147 involved company head Dana White stating to Fuel TV heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos was unlikely to defend his title against Cain Velasquez on September 22 in Toronto as had been discussed in the past. While it remains speculation at this point, his statement could indicate the possibility of the two fighting on the same Brazilian card attached to Silva-Belfort given the dates’ proximity to each other.
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