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Belfort vs. Silva Will Go Down Superbowl Weekend According to ‘The Phenom’

(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)

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itsgalf- October 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm
they're fighting in fevruary?
Gradiz92- October 2, 2010 at 4:06 am
I totally dislike Rashad.....I hope that the title bout between him and Shogun is nothing more than a freaking rumor...... Why give Rashad a title shot? there's other fighters in that weight class that are more deserving.

1. Ryan Bader 13-0
2. John Jones 11-1
3. Lyoto Machida 16-1
Mike Russell- October 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm
 ...neither does your assertion that someone here has concerns over Belfort's weight.
NinjaNerd8- October 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm
I'm sorry but I don't understand why everyone is constantly bitching about Belfort's weight. He's already fought at 185 against Terry Martin and Matt Lindland and he won both fights by KO. These were his last two before entering the UFC to fight Franklin. Your concerns don't make any sense...
J_Spice- October 1, 2010 at 9:29 am
DOUBLE KNOCK OUT! Someone get Carter to guest ref this shit.
RwilsonR- October 1, 2010 at 9:18 am
Is everyone thinking what I'm thinking?

If both are still conscious by Round 3......... dance off!!!
Ballkick- October 1, 2010 at 9:07 am
I am a huge Silva fan,....however,....Vitor has a real good chance of KO'ing Anderson. I am looking forward to this fight, cause I know it wont last very long.
It'll be the only definition of MMA sex, furious and and BOOM!...goes the dynamite
jgrant- October 1, 2010 at 8:51 am
It's the UFC subtly trying to rewrite history that Vitor never ever ever took steroids and is in fact a natural 185er despite spending most of his career fighting wellnorth of it and even struggling to make a 195lb catchweight bout by having him stand next to a man we know usually is around 220lbs.
Mike Russell- October 1, 2010 at 8:32 am
 Not sure if that photo is to scale or not since Anderson's usually smallish-looking melon looks huge, but if it is, I can't believe Silva is bigger than Vitor.
jgrant- October 1, 2010 at 8:29 am
Just gives them another month to get injured and postpone the bout and then when it gets delayed, Vitor can injure himself and miss all of 2010. And when Rousimar Palhares wins one bout he gets the title shot because Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami are too hurt.

Funny how Nate Marquardt ends up as a 2nd banana yet again the shitshow that is 185.
Get Off Me- October 1, 2010 at 8:26 am
This is a dream match.
Silva looked very hitable in his last fight, he was injured, but if he moves like he did against Sonnen, Silva may be in for a rude awakening against Vitor.
I would love to see Belfort KO Silva.
If Silva dances around for 5 rounds I'm gonna be pissed.
Fried Taco- October 1, 2010 at 8:23 am
Better yet, dance classes with Michael Bolton.