UFC 147 headliner Vitor Belfort has suffered a broken hand and will not compete at the June 23 event.

Saturday night in Las Vegas at the UFC 146 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White announced that Belfort had undergone hand surgery earlier in the day. Belfort was slated to lock horns with rival Wanderlei Silva at Felipe Drumond Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. White confirmed that Silva will still compete on the card and that the promotion is currently seeking a replacement opponent for “The Axe Murderer.”

“I can’t sleep, thinking about what happened,” Belfort later tweeted, attaching a picture of his injured hand. “I’m very sad... but I know I’ll come back strong.”

Belfort and Silva served as opposing coaches on the recent “Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” reality show, but they first met in the cage back in 1998. “The Phenom” blitzed Silva with a barrage of punches in just 44 seconds, sending Silva reeling across the cage and eventually to the canvas.

Following that defeat, Silva would go on to rule Pride Fighting Championships’ light heavyweight ranks in Japan, earning notable wins over Guy Mezger, Dan Henderson, Quinton Jackson (twice) and Kazushi Sakuraba (thrice), among others. More recently, 35-year-old Silva has racked up a 3-4 Octagon record, knocking out former Strikeforce champion Cung Le in his last appearance at UFC 139.

Belfort would briefly capture the UFC’s light heavyweight title in 2004 before handing the belt back to Randy Couture later that year. Since dropping to 185 pounds, Belfort has looked sharp, finishing Terry Martin, Matt Lindland and Rich Franklin before stumbling in his bid to win Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title last year. The 35-year-old rebounded from the defeat by posting back-to-back wins, however, knocking out Yoshihiro Akiyama and submitting Anthony Johnson.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Wanderlei Silva Withdraws from Rizin Fight, but Still Battling Mirko Cro Cop | MMAWeekly.com

  • 4 days ago
  • 120 views

Wanderlei Silva pulled out of his Rizin FF fight with Mirko Cro Cop, but the battle isn't over. read news >>

Perpetually upbeat Brandon Moreno – lowest seed on 'TUF 24' – discusses his 2-0 UFC start

  • 4 days ago
  • 14 views

LAS VEGAS – Brandon Moreno suffered some lows in 2016, but he finished the year strong and now has a very promising UFC future heading into 2017.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

The Frustrations of a Former Teenage Wanderlei Silva Fanboy | FIGHTLAND

  • 3 days ago
  • 8 views

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC Like many, my introduction to the world’s most fascinating sport, mixed martial arts, was through the earliest iteration of the UFC’s reality show, The Ultimate Fighter read news >>

UFC 206 official weigh-in results: 3, including headliner Anthony Pettis, miss weight

  • 19 hours ago
  • 18 views

TORONTO – MMAjunkie was on scene and reporting live from today’s early and official UFC 206 fighter weigh-ins, where a trio of fighters – including a headliner – missed weight.Filed under: Featured, read news >>

Anthony Pettis misses weight; only Max Holloway eligible for title in UFC 206 headliner

  • 17 hours ago
  • 17 views

TORONTO – Anthony Pettis had said his second weight cut to featherweight was going to be easier than his first. However, that clearly wasn’t the case.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>

Photo gallery: The many weights of UFC 205 headliner Conor McGregor

  • 27 days ago
  • 19 views

Tonight at UFC 205, featherweight champion Conor McGregor not only looks to make history as the first simultaneous two-division titleholder in UFC history, but he also hopes to join an elite group of read news >>

Ahead of T-Mobile Arena headliner, undefeated boxing champ Sergey Kovalev latest to support Conor McGregor

  • 25 days ago
  • 33 views

There was a time when it seemed boxers and mixed martial artists didn’t have too many kind words for each other. Those times are changing.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Video: Before Saturday's main-event rematch, watch the first Uriah Hall vs. Gegard Mousasi fight

  • 24 days ago
  • 22 views

Before their rematch and headliner at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 99 event, check out the first fight between Uriah Hall and Gegard Mousasi.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC Fight Night 99 headliner Gegard Mousasi sees title path going through Hall, then Rockhold

  • 23 days ago
  • 13 views

BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Although Gegard Mousasi has mentioned his desire to rematch Uriah Hall time and time again since suffering a massive upset loss to "Primetime" at UFC Fight Night 75 in Sep read news >>

Ryan Bader expected 'Shogun' in UFC Fight Night 100 headliner, but satisfied with first career rematch

  • 22 days ago
  • 4 views

SAO PAULO – Eight years into his UFC career, Ryan Bader has faced a who’s who list of light heavyweights. He thought he was going to add another name to that tally before plans changed.Filed under: F read news >>