As noted earlier, Vitor Belfort was pulled from his scheduled main event against Yushin Okami at UFC 122 in Germany in November. We had initially reported that Belfort was removed from the bout due to an injury, however it has surfaced that Belfort will likely get the next middleweight title shot against reigning king Anderson Silva.
“Vitor is not injured,” UFC President Dana White wrote on his Twitter earlier today. “He is going to fight anderson for the title and the winner of marquart and okami are next.”
Belfort took to his Twitter shortly thereafter and thanked the UFC head, writing, “We are up for the tittle shot! Thanks Dana!”
Belfort will be taking the place of Chael Sonnen, who was slated to get a rematch with Anderson Silva in early February. Sonnen was suspended earlier this week after testing positive for steroids following his career-defining performance against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva this past August at UFC 117.
Sonnen has thirty days to file an appeal, with the earliest his appeal could be heard being this December 2nd. Sonnen’s initial test was reexamined at the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory after showing up positive for PEDs. Should Sonnen’s appeal be turned down, he will face a $2,500 fine and a mandated year-long suspension.
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Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.