It appears yesterday’s report that another injury forced Vitor Belfort out of his UFC 122 scrap with Yushin Okami were of the fictitious variety. According to the the Brazilian’s coach, the middleweight is perfectly healthy and word regarding his client’s future should break momentarily.
“Great episode of Sons of Anarchy tonight!!!! and yes you will [receive] Vitor Belfort news very soon…. All I can tell you as his coach is that he is 100% healthy,” Shawn Tompkins posted on Facebook early Wednesday morning.
UFC president Dana White echoed Tompkins’ claims just moments ago by tweeting, “vitor is not injured.”
Alrighty, everyone have your conspiracy theorists caps on?
Belfort earned his top contender status by slapping former champ Rich Franklin silly in a 195-pound catchweight bout at UFC 103. Although he has never competed at middleweight inside the Octagon, company officials were adamant about arranging a shootout between he and middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
The 185-pounders were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 108 in January 2009, however that was postponed due to complications with Silva’s recent elbow surgery. Their appointment then got pushed back to UFC 112, but this time it was Belfort that was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury.
In case you haven’t heard, reigning top contender and alleged PED abuser Chael Sonnen is facing a year-long suspension courtesy of his failed UFC 117 drug test. Sonnen was granted an immediate rematch after dominating “The Spider” for the majority of their matchup, despite losing in a miraculous last-minute submission.
The mulligan was to go down after the champion recovered from a pre-UFC 117 rib injury, most likely on Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now that the part-time realtor is facing a lengthy appeals process with the California State Athletic Commission, it appears Belfort may have slid in and reclaimed his date with destiny.
With Nate Marquardt agreeing to face Okami in Germany, the division will already have a top contender lined up by the time the Brazilians do battle. So everybody wins – less a certain Sonnen, of course.