Affliction VP Tom Atencio recently spoke with MMAWeekly and has announced that Vitor Belfort has been forced off the Affliction: “Day of Reckoning” card with a hand injury. The event is slated to take place October 11th in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center.
“Vitor is out, I spoke with him I think yesterday and he told me,” said Atencio. “Actually, it was on Tuesday we had a conversation for about an hour or so, and yeah, I guess he broke his hand in two places is what he told me and he had been having 2, 3 and 4 opinions on it. He finally got the opinion that he wanted I guess and they told him to step out for a while.”
Belfort scored a KO victory over Terry Martin at Affliction’s rookie offering.
With the absence of Belfort, Affliction must now find a new opponent to battle Lindland in October. Although there has not been an official announcement as of yet, the MMA world is buzzing that EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields may be moving up a weight class to take on “The Law”.
Although tight-lipped about the specifics, Shields recently spoke of an opportunity that had come his way.
“Right now I have a really good offer on the table to fight a top 185-pounder. I’m just waiting, hoping Elite (XC) will give me that opportunity to go out there and represent Elite and test myself.”
Atencio, who would be rightly excited to have an athlete like Shields fighting for Affliction, remains mum on the details.
“I don’t confirm anything until I have all the papers signed. Jake’s a great fighter, but nonetheless it doesn’t matter because we don’t have him. That’s a fighter that Pro Elite has.”
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