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Dana White Confirms Our Hunch; Belfort vs. Silva is Official

UFC president Dana White today proved our sneaking suspicion that Vitor Belfort being dropped from his UFC 122 bout with Yushin Okami had little to do with him being injured, as was originally incorrectly reported by MMAWeekly, and a lot to do with Chael Sonnen being unable to face Anderson Silva at the UFC’s planned NYE show.

Although White didn’t tweet a date for the eventual showdown, the CP magic 8-ball points to the January 1 UFC 125 card that Sonnen was scheduled to face Silva on.

Here’s Belfort’s response to his "earning" a title shot:

Sonnen is (allegedly) not convinced the fight is a go:

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bryndy- September 23, 2010 at 6:36 am
Thank Goodness! This should have been the fight all along. I hope Vitor kicks the ever-living crap out of Silva.
fatbellyfrank- September 22, 2010 at 9:43 pm
@ Drano, word Bro, Rex is fucken funny, just read the bellator recaps, I also have a mexican imposter who uses my twitter account, if you see anything posted by " El Grosso Gringo" just ignore it
fatbellyfrank- September 22, 2010 at 9:41 pm
If Belfort takes the right PED's he should be able to dominate Silva for,Oh,... about 4 and a half rounds
jmattz- September 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm
@Koeikan who has better striking? anderson is def the best in striking in the game.. with nick n nate diaz to follow.. anderson makes mince meat of anyone he fights.. he danced around maia for 4 rounds n still destroyed his face.. he went up in weight and kicked the ever lovin shit out of forrest.. who is tough as nail btw.. and look what he did to franklin.. twice.. who is a great banger too.. knee kick punch punch knee knee knee kick kick punch kick punch knee kick kick punch punch.. shit was nuts especially the second fight.. there are a few up there with him when it comes to striking but i still say he is the best.. contested.. after all he is a black belt in BJJ, black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do (which is gay anyway but shit it still counts) a black belt in Judo and a yellow rope in capoeira.. Which doesnt say much for striking.. But still.. I think he is the best..
King Kong Kim- September 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm
This is the best news I've heard all day. Thanks Sonnen!
dcmsm- September 22, 2010 at 7:02 pm
what a load of horse shit. okami and marquardt fighting for contendership, belfort fighting for the belt.
anyone else see something wrong here?
Almost North- September 22, 2010 at 6:42 pm
Tonight on CNN: cellphone brand wars: Your children at risk
dranokills- September 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm
Thu, 09/23/2010 - 00:03

Fuck an iPhone. Blackberry is the shit.
Also, retire this fuckin mexican imposter bullshit, when every 3rd person has a really lame spin on it... its no longer funny. Not even ironically... Rex13.
First of all, I have an Iphone 3GS, it beats the fuck out of a small ass crappy keyboard having blackberry, so eat shit blackberry fag.
secondly, when was the last time YOU fucking wrote an article for cagepotato? Oh that's right, hell to the NEVER!
The day you become 1/100th as funny as Rex, WE will tell you, till then don't even think your opinion of what funny is counts.
Jcrowe07- September 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm
Right now, Efrain Escudero is repeating the phrase: "I'm expect Jesus, bro, Every Day" over and over... hoping to time travel, drop 5 pounds, and not get choked out by a kid too young to get a Ghostbusters joke.
Anhonestmoose- September 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm
Well, here's hoping Belfort over Anderson by KO. After that I'm picking Belfort to beat whoever wins between Nate/Okami. When Chael gets back I'm sure he'll fight Bisping and then get a shot right away.
Eyes red as Fedor- September 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm
I...JIZZED! in. my. paaaannts!
DAN THE VIKING- September 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm
Fuck an iPhone. Blackberry is the shit.
Also, retire this fuckin mexican imposter bullshit, when every 3rd person has a really lame spin on it... its no longer funny. Not even ironically... Rex13.
Christian Candi Man- September 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm
Anyone else think that Chael only took steroids to shrivel his dick to have less friction for his ultimate lay and pray style?

Oh, and WAR Belfort.
MoTropolis- September 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm
Only if GOD has a great sense of humor.
BryanF- September 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

So is the landlord Chaelito Sonnenchez? The guy that pissed all "hot and spicy"?
MoTropolis- September 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm
@ BryanF

Belfort wasnt referring to Jesus the prophet when he made the statement "I expect Jesus everyday". Thats also the name of his hispanic landlord and Vitor is 2 months past due. He's right too, its only a matter of time.
RwilsonR- September 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm
Viva makes an excellent point about Blackberrys.

Also, props to cecils_pupils for breaking this story four hours ago.
Koeikan- September 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm
Anderson does have the best overall striking in MMA... but Vitor has 2 natural abilities that help him cover the gap: speed and power. Combine that with his already solid boxing and he has a decent chance against just about anybody.

I also think him adopting Machida's stance has helped him quite a bit. He's much more patient, his head is further away, and when he has an opportunity to counter, he has been exploding forward (with very, very effective results as of late).

Pre-Chael, Silva's chin appeared to be made out of diamonds. While Chael didn't exactly rock him, he certainly did wobble him momentarily.

Silva makes slower fighters look nothing short of foolish. However, Belfort is not slow. Against Belfort, I wouldn't be that surprised to see him catch Silva if he comes in with a good gameplan. If it makes it to the end of the second round, then chances start increasing rapidly that Silva walks away the winner... but don't count Belfort out just yet...
Turd Furgeson- September 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm
I wish Palhares hadn't pulled the retart crap he pulled. Now we all have to sit and watch Okami lay and pray Marquardt just like Sonnen did.
Almost North- September 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Well my iphone sucks too, its the old 3g and every time a software update comes out it gets slower and slower. All the blackberrys I've tried are still worse though.
Viva Hate- September 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm
@Almost North,

True but Blackberrys just completely SUCK!

DazedNConfused- September 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm
Oh and by Silva vs. Belfort 2 I mean Wanderlei Silva lol.
DazedNConfused- September 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm
lol @ knucklesmith and BassAssasin.

I think Anderson still has the best striking in MMA. Belfort knocked out Lutter... and Rich Franklin.

Anderson fucked both those guys days up. Although i'll give Belfort the nicer finish vs. Lutter.

Belfort hasn't done anything to prove he is at Silva's level at all yet. Chael has Anderson in wrestling and GnP no doubt. What does Belfort have? Other than being less experienced in the UFC, smaller and having a smaller reach. Sorry guys, but I was hoping Belfort could fight Marquardt or Okami and actually land another knockout, because after Silva rolls him he's going downnnn in the rankings.

But all this is actually kind of good cause I REALLY want to see a Silva vs. Belfort 2. Man that fight would be amazing.
Almost North- September 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Blackberry has its own encrypted message network, and I'm going out on a limb here to say Dana is paranoid.
agentsmith- September 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm
That wasn't Sonnen who pissed hot, it was a Hispanic imposter... and by "hot" I mean spicy.