The highly anticipated UFC middleweight title fight between current champ Anderson Silva and explosive challenger Vitor Belfort is scheduled for UFC 109.
The UFC had originally hoped to feature the contest at UFC 108, but Silva’s recovery process from elbow surgery forced a delay in the schedule.
Yet another fighter undergoing surgery in the long list of sidelined fighters. The bout is contingent upon Silva’s recovery process.
The bout between Belfort and Silva has been planned since “The Phenom’s” triumphant return to the UFC with a surprising TKO finish over Rich Franklin in the catchweight main event of “UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort.”
Silva’s camp had initially expressed some resistance to taking a middleweight title fight with Belfort due to the challenger having yet to fight at 185 pounds in his return to the UFC. The champ has since agreed to put his belt on the line against Belfort whenever the fight does happen.
As for the the “Spiders” elbow, Silva’s manager, Ed Soares claims that he doesn’t believe there’s a reason for any long-term concern.
“Anderson’s recovery is going really, really well,” Soares said. “He’s coming back, and his recovery is doing really good. His physical therapy is going really well. He’s getting better range of motion. He’ll be back 100 percent for sure.”
This is sure to be a historic fight if Belfort can bring it to the champ like he did to Rich Franklin then Silva will have his hands full. In my opinion I think if Belfort is confident in the ring with the champ it will be a great fight – however I don’t think he will leave the cage that night with the belt. Whats your take on the bout? Comment below.