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More UFC Injury Woes: Belfort Out of UFC 112 Bout Against Silva – SportsUntapped.com
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Added February 13th, 2010 by David Glisan

More UFC Injury Woes:  Belfort Out of UFC 112 Bout Against Silva
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Apparently the UFC injury curse isn’t over yet.  After a spate of injuries to fighters resulted in a string of lackluster main events in late 2009, hopes were high that MMA fans would finally see some improvement in the quality of UFC cards in 2010.   Earlier this week, however, yet another UFC main event fell victim to a fighter injury as Vitor Belfort announced that he’d opted for surgery to correct a nagging shoulder injury and would not be able to fight Anderson Silva at UFC 112.

Silva will now face BJJ specialist Demian Maia at the UFC’s first event in Abu Dhabi.  Maia is considered one of the most technically exceptional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the sport, but doesn’t have anywhere near the well rounded game required to beat Silva.  Maia had run off an undefeated record in his first 11 fights before a brutal KO loss at the hands of Nate Marquardt at UFC 102.  Maia rebounded with a unanimous decision win over Jim Miller at UFC 109, but its questionable whether his record merits a fight of this magntiude.

The UFC had initially hoped that Chael Sonnen would be able to fill the challenger vacancy against Silva, but due to a medical suspension after his victory over Marquardt at UFC 109 there wasn’t time to get in a training camp before the April 10 event.  This leaves UFC 112 with a pair of fights that look like lopsided matchups–in addition to the Silva/Maia fight, lightweight champion BJ Penn is slated to defend his title against Frankie Edgar in the co-main event.  Edgar is a good kid and a solid enough fighter, but its hard to envision him knocking off a dominant champion like Penn.

The good news is that there are some excellent fights on the horizon assuming that no more injuries force changes.  UFC 110 will feature an intriguing heavyweight matchup between upstart Cain Velasquez and veteran Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, with the winner likely earning a heavyweight title shot against Brock Lesnar somewhere down the road.  That title shot could come sooner rather than later, depending on what happens at UFC 111.  Though the nominal main event will feature Georges St. Pierre defending his welterweight title against Dan Hardy, the most interesting fight on the card may be the heavyweight bout between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin.  The winner is slated to face Lesnar in his return to UFC competition, though if Carwin or Mir can’t recover quickly enough for the heavyweight champ’s anticipated May return the Nogueira/Velasquez winner could take his place.

The UFC will return to Montreal on May 8th and headlining UFC 113 will be the long awaited rematch between Lyoto Machida and ‘Shogun’ Rua.  Machida defended his light heavyweight title against Rua in a controversial unanimous decision victory last fall, and the rematch will hopefully prove more conclusive.  Also on the horizon is Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson’s return to UFC competition, as he’s tentatively slated to face Rashad Evans at UFC 114 in Las Vegas.

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