Vitor BelfortVitor “The Phenom” Belfort has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Matt Lindland at Affliction “Day of Reckoning” due to a hand injury, according to MMA Weekly:

“Vitor is out, I spoke with him I think yesterday and he told me,” said [Affliction vice president Tom] Atencio. “Actually, it was on Tuesday we had a conversation for about an hour or so, and yeah, I guess he broke his hand in two places is what he told me and he had been having 2, 3 and 4 opinions on it. He finally got the opinion that he wanted I guess and they told him to step out for a while.”

Now, Atencio and the Affliction team will make an effort to find Lindland a new opponent as quickly as possible.

Speculation has run rampant that current Elite XC welterweight champion, Jake Shields, may be the fighter Affliction is courting to face Lindland on the Oct 11 show, but Atencio had no comment.

“I don’t confirm anything until I have all the papers signed,” he simply said.

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Belfort defeated Terry Martin via second-round knockout at Affliction “Banned” while Lindland topped Fabio Negao via unanimous decision at the late-July event.