UFC President Dana White: “Vitor Belfort is Going to Fight Anderson Silva for the Title”

Written by Tim Ngo
September 22nd, 2010

UFC Middleweight Champ Anderson Silva

With the writing plastered all over Chael Sonnen’s wall, Dana White and Co. have confirmed they are moving ahead with ‘Plan B,’ which also happens to be their original plot for the UFC middleweight division.

“Vitor is not injured. He is going to fight anderson for the title and the winner of marquart and okami are next,” White tweeted moments ago.

Everything started back at UFC 103 when Vitor Belfort knocked out former champ Rich Franklin in their 195-pound catchweight bout, securing a future title shot against reigning king Anderson Silva.

That, coupled with Sonnen’s dominating victory over former No. 1 contender Nate Marquardt at UFC 109, allowed Belfort to get the nod at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi.

Unfortunately a shoulder injury kept “The Phenom” from meeting the April 10th date, which opened the door for Demian Maia to fill in for what was one of the strangest championship bouts in Octagon history.

Fast forward past Sonnen’s remarkable UFC 117 performance, being granted an immediate rematch against the world’s best 185-pounder and his subsequent failed drug test, Belfort and the UFC now find themselves right back where they started.

The wheels began turning yesterday when news broke that Belfort would be replaced by Marquardt in the main event at UFC 122 against Yushin Okami. That bout will now determine who gets next dibs at the 185-pound crown.

Silva has been recovering from a pre-UFC 117 rib injury. It is believed he will return to action in early 2011, most likely on Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After a whirlwind week, Sonnen now finds himself as the odd man out with a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission scheduled for December 2nd. The 33-year-old is facing a year-long suspension and $2,500 fine for his failed drug test.

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