Wanderlei Silva was pumped and excited to finally get his hands on Vitor Belfort after the two served as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. However, Belfort suffered a hand injury in training and was replaced by Rich Franklin.
In the main event of UFC 147, Franklin earned a decision victory over Silva, and also cost “The Axe Murderer” a rematch with Belfort.
“It will not be against Wanderlei,” said UFC president Dana White, during the post-fight show on FUEL TV, when asked if Silva-Belfort II would happen. “When Vitor heals up, we will see what happens and go from there.”
White also said that Silva would likely have the chance to continue his fighting career if he elects to. There had been rumors that a knockout loss by Silva could spell the end of his career inside the Octagon.