(Hopefully Vitor can channel Chael Sonnen for the pre-fight press, or else this fight will have to sell itself.)
Well it looks like the UFC’s too good to be true double-title bout New Year’s card was indeed, too good to be true.
According to Vitor Belfort, his showdown with UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva won’t be on the card, and will instead happen a month later on Saturday, February 5 on the eve of the SuperBowl.
He tweeted the news last night.
Although it sucks that the fight won’t be on the January 1 card, at least it will give us guys who couldn’t give a shit about football something to look forward to that weekend.
As the January 1 show in Vegas, which will now be headlined by a Frankie Edgar-Gray Maynard lightweight championship
wrestlefest bout, is pegged as 125 and a planned show for Pittsburgh later in the month will probably be 126, the Belfort-Silva headlined card will likely be UFC 127 and will too be held in Sin City.
Another title bout rumored to be on the card is a light heavyweight match-up featuring champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua taking on Rashad Evans, but the fight will be contingent on the Brazilian’s recovery from knee surgery.
Belfort, who hasn’t fought since September of last year, will be fighting for the first time in 17 months as well as the first time as a middleweight in more than two years when he takes on Silva and he says the fight was worth the wait.
In an interview he did last month for Fight!, he explained that he is planning to add some unorthodox training disciplines to his training regimen to prepare for "The Spider," including Pilates and….wait for it…. dancing classes.
Here’s the video:
(Video courtesy YouTube/Fight!Mag)