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Vitor Belfort Injured, Wanderlei Silva to Replace Against Cung Le in UFC 139 Co-Headliner

(As it turns out, Belfort-brand bottled water mostly consists of hydrochloric acid. Good to know. Photo via LasVegasSun)

Due to an undisclosed injury, UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort will not be showing off his “powerful trunks” against Cung Le at UFC 139 (November 19th, San Jose). Dana White broke the news via Twitter, adding that Le’s new opponent will be another Brazilian legend — none other than Wanderlei Silva.

Silva vs. Le will serve as the co-main event of UFC 139, which will be headlined by the PRIDE-era fantasy match between Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua. Silva is coming off his 27-second knockout loss to Chris Leben at UFC 132, while Le will be making his Octagan debut 17 months after his rematch victory over Scott Smith.

After the booking switch was announced, Belfort tweeted that his injury isn’t serious, and he should be ready to roll again in December. But my God, Belfort’s string of bad luck is unbelievable. From a broken hand before his fight against Matt Lindland, to an injured shoulder before his fight against Anderson Silva, to a bout of hepatitis before his fight against Yoshihiro Akiyama, the dude can’t seem to string together a full year of good health. Lets hope the UFC has another good fight for him when he’s intact again.

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xingying- September 22, 2011 at 11:44 am
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weitt- September 22, 2011 at 11:20 am
Gobbleston- September 22, 2011 at 9:05 am
Even to this day Randy is STILL the same age as Couture. Spooky.
Me likey- September 22, 2011 at 4:40 am
i think cung will keep him at a distance with his kicks and end up with the ko. i really hope not. i would like to see wand win one and not go out like chuck.
Todd M- September 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm
@ RWR, for sure man, I just don't know if Le has the balls to stand in front of Wandy, I'm also not sure how much power Le packs in his hands. I feel if Wandy is going to win he's going to have to blitzkrieg Le and get him going backwards, I can't wait for this card
XENOPHON- September 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm
If the Wandy's wild-man go for broke barrage fails, I would give the ground game to Wandy if Cung Le happens to get flattened on his back.

Wandy is 35, and Cung Le is 39. That's up there. When 10 years ago Randy was the same age as Couture, and he was beating Randleman, Rizzo, and Rodriguez.
Else said, Cubg Le kicks like a fucking mule and is as accurate and power with them as any...
RwilsonR- September 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm
^ ^ ^
Crazy lopping barrages have almost always met their match but straight punches right down the middle. See CroCop vs Wanderlei Silva in Pride OWGP for example.
Todd M- September 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm
I like this fight more, I think it will be more competitive. Belfort would have been to nuch for Le, El Famous suggested Belcher for Belfort, that would be an awesome fight and would sort out a new contender. I also agree with Highest Primate, Le will be on his bike, but he has the speed to light Wandy up coming in, hmmm tough fight to call
The Highest Primate- September 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm
Suck shit to the jesus nut-hugger.
No way Cung stands in front of Wandy for his barrage, will be a game of chasey..
XENOPHON- September 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm
You think Cung Le can take the initial Wandy barrage and still be left standing?
magcshroom- September 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm
Cung Le gonna sneeze and Wand will go to sleep.
XENOPHON- September 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm
Yes, the UFC is likely smart based on the way they manipulate the ratings/rankings, but it seems like the environment today inside MMA is that if one is injured, the fight is cast-off within days. This no takes with with frequency even if the actual fight is months out.
I remember, as many of your likely do - when fighters were willing to fight mulitple matches a day/per event, and many prevailed and carried-on with major injuries.
What about in, Boxing, Escrima, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu Karate, Kickboxing, wrestling (non-WWE) or whatevder - isn't the norm to strip the belt if the fighter can't defend within 365 or less days?
I get the feeling that this is now the era of "Safe and Sane MMA?"
RwilsonR- September 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm
@ xeno - most don't have a set period of time as an official rule. It used to be the unofficial rule of rankings to not include anyone not active for more than a year. But Zuffa does not have hard and fast rules on this. They prefer to keep discretion on most things, and not be bound by rules they might choose to break.
XENOPHON- September 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm
Here is an open question to those with much more know-how than me about all world-wide fighting organizations.
Sticking to just the injured fighter who holds a title, what are the times allotted by each organization before a fighter is forced to relinquish his or her belt, and thus standing?
intercept440- September 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm
cant this fucker ever stay healthy?
El Famous Burrito- September 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm
Okay then, lets speculate on who Vitor Belfort can fight next.

I say Alan Belcher.
Fried Taco- September 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm
Cunning Lingus by spinning head kick. G'night Wandy!
DangadaDang- September 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Isn't Belfort-brand water was just holy water?
rngeorgeh- September 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm
RwilsonR is probably right. Silva's lack of a chin will probably net Cunt Le a KO of the night bonus.
Sloppyspray- September 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm
Is Okiyama the brand of tires that rappers like to get on their whip?
Sloppyspray- September 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm
Who's this "Okiyama" you reference?
RwilsonR- September 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Ah fuck! That sucks!
Now Cung will probably win.