Vitor Belfort Out Of UFC 147 Headliner With Broken Hand
UFC President Dana White confirmed the injury during Saturday's UFC 146 post-fight press conference.
Belfort was slated to lock horns with longtime rival Wanderlei Silva in the main event of June's UFC 147 at Felipe Drumond Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. White went on to announce that Silva will remain on the card and that the promotion as actively seeking a replacement to step in for Belfort.
"I can't sleep, thinking about what happened," Belfort later Tweeted, attaching a picture of his broken hand. "I'm very sad...but I know I'll come back strong."
Belfort and Silva served as coaches of the first international installment of The Ultimate Fighter series — The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil —and were slated to cross paths on June 23. The rematch would come nearly 14 years after their first encounter at UFC Brazil where Belfort blasted Silva across the cage with a barrage of punches, earning a technical knockout victory at just 44 seconds of round one.
Belfort is currently riding a two-fight win streak, including first round stoppages of Yoshihiro Akiyama and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson. The pair of victories marked his seventh in eight outings.
Silva, meanwhile, also found success in his most recent trip to the Octagon, scoring a second round technical knockout over former Strikeforce champion Cung Le last November.