A middleweight championship bout between title-holder Anderson Silva and challenger Vitor Belfort slated for UFC 109 on February 6 in Las Vegas has been scratched from the card, according to MMAjunkie.
The matchup, originally targeted for January’s UFC 108, has been postponed again due to Silva’s slow recovery from elbow surgery, with “The Spider” now expected to be able to return to action in April.
Silva (25-4) has gone undefeated since early-2006, winning a record 10-straight UFC fights over the likes of Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, and Nate Marquardt. He now returns to 185-pounds after moving up to light heavyweight in August, where he recorded a first-round knockout of Forrest Griffin.
Belfort (19-8), the UFC 12 heavyweight tournament winner and former light heavyweight champion, returned to the UFC in September with a first-round knockout of Rich Franklin at UFC 103. “The Phenom” has now won five-straight, including previous back-to-back knockouts of Terry Martin and Matt Lindland in Affliction.
Silva-Belfort is now tentatively scheduled to headline UFC 112 in April, with an exact date and location for the card to-be-determined.
UFC 109 now features Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman, Frank Trigg vs. Matt Serra, Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen, and Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller.