It appears that the middleweight title bout between champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort will be pushed back a little bit longer. The Brazilian bash was rumored to go down at UFC 108 on January 2nd, however was subsequently pushed back to UFC 109 due to complications with Silva’s recent elbow surgery. Now it looks like “The Spider” won’t be able to make that date either.
Silva had bone chips removed from his right elbow in October, however it hasn’t responded to the rehabilitation process as they expected. Word on the street is that Team Anderson has their sights set on an April return, but that would obviously depend on how the rest of his rehab goes.
“The Spider” is currently riding an 11-fight winning streak and was last seen slapping Forrest Griffin upside his melon at UFC 101. Before Belfort’s arrival, Silva has had a tough time finding 185-pound competition that would keep him motivated and hungry.
Speaking of motivated, Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champ himself, must have had a shot of adrenaline injected into his system after he was informed by UFC president Dana White that he had earned himself a shot at Silva’s strap following his impressive 1stRound knockout of Rich Franklin at UFC 102.
UFC 109 is slated to take place inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here are the fighters rumored to be participating on the card:
Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg
Rolles Gracie vs. Mostapha Al Turk
Melvin Guillard vs. Ronnys Torres
Renzo Gracie vs. Matt Hughes
Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller