Fabiano Farah, Belfort’s representative, told MMAjunkie.com that Vitor Belfort will not get a warm-up fight before he challenges the champion for the 185-pound belt.
“Vitor will be in (the best) absolute physical condition to return to the octagon and fight for the UFC title by November 2010,” Farah wrote today in an email.
The former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort (19-8 MMA, 8-4 UFC) was originally scheduled to fight the middleweight champ Anderson Silva (26-4 MMA 11-0 UFC) at UFC 112 in April, but had to pull out due to a severe shoulder injury requiring surgery.
The fight continued on without Belfort with Silva facing Demian Maia instead in Abu Dhabi. Silva put on a five round mockery of Maia, winning by unanimous decision.
Silva is now scheduled to defend his belt against Chael Sonnen in August. Though there is no official word of Belfort being next on the totem pole. Dana White had mentioned in the past that Anderson Silva does have to get past Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort before he will consider Silva moving up in weight class.