Vitor Belfort broke some news this week on HD Net’s Inside MMA. Vitor Belfort confirmed the date of his upcoming fight against Anderson Silva. Belfort vs. Silva for the UFC middleweight title will go down Super Bowl weekend at UFC 126 on February 5, 2011.
Plans seem to change by the week for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Silva has had several fight changes between fighting Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen over the last several months. The fight with Belfort comes as a result of Chael Sonnen’s recent suspension for PED. The irony here is that Belfort replaces Sonnen only after Sonnen replaced Belfort to get the title shot at Silva at UFC 117.
While it is a bit disappointing not to be getting the Silva vs. Sonnen rematch, this is still a very good fight. Anderson Silva comes into the fight with 12 straight wins, while Vitor has a five win streak of his own. Vitor Belfort brings a dynamic to Anderson Silva that I don’t think he has ever seen as UFC middleweight champion. Belfort would unquestionably be the most dangerous striker that Silva has ever fought. He may not be Chael Sonnen but this has all of the makings of an early candidate for Fight of the Year.
The UFC Super Bowl weekend events are usually huge events. The Silva vs. Belfort main-event on such a big weekend will likely turn this show into one of the biggest grossing shows of 2011. Rich Franklin vs. Forrest Griffin, Evan Dunham vs. Kenny Florian, and Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader are rumored fights for the show. If true, that would make UFC 126 a stacked show.
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