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Vitor Belfort Will Challenge Silva-Sonnen Winner for UFC Middleweight Title in November

Vitor BelfortWith his shoulder quickly recovering from surgery that forced him out of an April showdown with UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort will immediately challenge for the 185-pound title when he returns to the Octagon this fall, his manager recently announced to MMAjunkie.

After successfully defending the belt with a controversial unanimous decision over replacement Demian Maia at UFC 112, Silva will take on Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 in August and the winner will then face Belfort in a matchup currently targeted for November.

Belfort (19-8) made his middleweight debut in 2008 in Affliction with back-to-back knockouts of Terry Martin and Matt Lindland, then returned to the UFC for the first time in nearly five years when he scored a first-round KO of Rich Franklin in a 195-pound catchweight bout that headlined September’s UFC 103.

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