“UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort” Fight Card Nearly Complete

Written by Tom Ngo
December 21st, 2010

UFC Poster 126 Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort

While most of America has already punched the Holiday clock, Octagon officials are still working hard to crank out spectacular pay-per-view shows. The powers that be have officially announced all but one of the bouts for “UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort.” 

Some Brazilian-on-Brazilian crime will be going down inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. A middleweight title scrap between king Anderson Silva and challenger Vitor Belfort will headline the February 5th fight card.

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 “The Spider.”

Following his miraculous come-from-behind victory over Chael Sonnen at UFC 117, Silva revealed he had severely injured his ribs just six days before showtime. He’s been on the mend ever since the August bout.

Here are the fighters expected to participate in the eagerly anticipated show:

Preliminary Bouts:

Kyle Kingsbury vs. Ricardo Romero*
Daniel Roberts vs.Mike Pierce
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Demetrious Johnson
Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Taylor
Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Sam Stout vs. Paul Kelly

Main Bouts:

Antonio Banuelos vs. Miguel Torres
Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones
Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin
Vitor Belfort vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)

* – Only bout yet to be confirmed

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