Belfort Injured, Off UFC 139 Card, Cung Le Now Faces Wanderlei Silva

September 21, 2011 9:29 am by Pedro Carrasco

Vitor Belfort has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled appearance in San Jose against former Strikeforce champion Cung Le, due to an injury.

No specific details were given on the extent of the injury or the recovery time.

UFC 139 is set to take place on November 19th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. With the original heavyweight title fight headliner between champ Cain Velasquez and Junior Santos moving from UFC 139 to UFC on FOX 1 the organization is likely looking for a replacement main event. The Henderson vs. Rua fight announced yesterday is a likely replacement for the slot.

With Vitor on the mend, Cung Le will now face MMA superstar Wanderlei Silva in his promotional debut.

Le, 39, went 17-0 as a Sanshou kickboxer before moving to MMA in 2006. However, he hasn’t fought in 16 months while pursuing an acting career. In Strikeforce he posted a 7-1 record (with seven knockout victories) with his only loss during that run coming at the hands of Scott Smith, who pulled off a stunning come-from-behind KO win in their December 2009 fight. Le then avenged the defeat in his next bout with a KO set up by a spinning back kick.

Silva is a pioneer and MMA legend who many believe should retire. He has dropped six of his last eight fights and was last seen hitting the canvas after an onslaught of upper cuts delivered by Chris Leben at UFC 132.

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