The curse of the Ultimate Fighter Coach struck again over the weekend when it was revealed TUF Brasil head Vitor Belfort had broken his hand while training for an upcoming fight against Wanderlei Silva. The 35-year old has been forced to undergo surgery as a result and will be unable to compete at UFC 147 as had been planned.
Silva-Belfort was set to headline the June 23 show. A replacement for “The Phenom” is currently being sought.
In addition to costing fans an opportunity to see two talented middleweights fight in front of their fellow Brazilians, the damage also through off the climax of a longstanding rivalry between the two sparked when Silva lost in a 1998 match-up.
The bad news echoes the recent injury to bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, a coach on TUF 15 who was supposed to face Urijah Faber at UFC 148. Past coaches who have gone through similar situations include Tito Ortiz and Brock Lesnar.
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MMATraining Take: Ouch (both literally and figuratively)! It’s a shame Belfort got injured though fortunately there are some good replacements out there like Alan Belcher. No doubt he’ll bounce back from the injury to fight this fall at which point, perhaps, he can lock horns with Silva.