According to a post made on UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort’s official Twitter account, “The Phenom” has stuck true to his word and will not be waiting for champion Anderson Silva to recover from his injuries before he fights next.
Belfort posted, “This year I am not going to fight for the title because the champion is hurt but November we will be in action for sure that is what I can say.”
The UFC has not officially announced any events to take place this November but UFC 122 and UFC 123 are both expected to take place during that month. UFC 122 is expected to take place in Oberhausen, Germany and several match ups have already been linked to the event. UFC 123 is expected to take place somewhere in the United States and could already have the high-profile Quinton “Rampage” Jackson-Lyoto Machida bout on its lineup.
Belfort was expected to be the next contender for Anderson Silva’s UFC Middleweight Championship but the middleweight title picture is a bit unclear now in the wake of Silva’s most recent title defense at UFC 117. Silva’s most recent challenger, Chael Sonnen, came very close to defeating “The Spider” when they met at UFC 117, leaving many fans calling for an immediate rematch. Silva incurred a rib injury prior to the bout and will reportedly be out of action until 2011. Both Sonnen and Belfort have indicated previously that they expect to fight before Silva returns so a number one contender bout between the two could make sense for the UFC to promote; of course they would be risking either man’s future contendership.
Belfort is currently 1-0 in the UFC since he made his return to the organization in September of 2009 after a four year absence from the UFC’s roster. In that return bout, Belfort knocked out former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin in the first round of a 195lbs catchweight fight. Belfort was scheduled to face Silva this past April at UFC 112 but was forced to pull out of the bout with a shoulder injury.