Vitor Belfort on Hold, Anderson Silva to Have Elbow Surgery

Written by Tom Ngo
September 22nd, 2009

After Vitor Belfort was done slapping Rich Franklin silly at UFC 103, MMA fans worldwide immediately envisioned him in a middleweight title bout between champ Anderson Silva. If the 5Rounder does indeed go down, it looks like it won’t be for a minute as Silva is expected to be sidelined with elbow issues.

UFC president Dana White said over the weekend that “The Spider” is set to have bone spurs removed from his elbow. Understandable considering how much pain he has inflicted with them over the years. White mentioned that, although the procedure is routine, Silva will still need time to recover.

“Contrary to whatever the hell [Silva] is saying, he’s not 200 percent healthy,” White said. “He’s having some bone spurs removed from his elbow, which is a simple little procedure that happens, but you’ve got to have recovery time.”

Apparently this isn’t a new procedure for UFC champions as the Prez said heavyweight king Brock Lesnar recently underwent a similar bone spur removal procedure.

“Brock just had the same thing done,” White added. “He said when they went in there and took it out it was a shark’s tooth. He said it was driving him crazy and he had it taken out.”

White did not say when Silva is planning to go under the knife, or how long he will be out for. However, it appears that once Silva is healed from his owie, Belfort has earned a shot at his crown following his destruction of Franklin at UFC 103 this past weekend.

“To be honest with you, the way the last two fights happened with [Nate] Marquardt and [Dan] Henderson against Anderson Silva, I think it would be better to see them fight each other, and the winner of that become the next contender,” White said at the UFC 103 post-fight presser. “I think Vitor is ready to fight Anderson Silva.”

In the words of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, it looks like there’s gonna be some Brazilian-on-Brazilian crime in the UFC’s middleweight division.

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