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Belfort's manager confirms UFC 126 for title shot

ESPN staff
October 8, 2010

Vitor Belfort's manager has confirmed the Brazilian's UFC middleweight title shot against Anderson Silva will headline UFC 126.

Belfort takes on Silva in a hugely anticipated battle between two of the sport's biggest names. Belfort's legend dates way back to 1997 and titanic battles with the likes of Randy Couture, while Silva is on a record run of 12 straight victories in the UFC.

Following Chael Sonnen's suspension due to a failed drug test, the pair had initially been expected to headline UFC 125 on New Year's Day. Belfort even stated: "It's all set. The fight was scheduled for January 1st here in Las Vegas, the UFC's New Year's event."

However, Silva was still struggling with a rib injury developed before his come-from-behind triumph over Sonnen at UFC 117, and his manager Ed Soares confirmed the bout could be put back to SuperBowl weekend, commenting in September: "I think at this point, we don't know what date it's going to be. It's definitely going to be some time next year. We just don't know if it's going to be January 1st or SuperBowl weekend."

Now it appears UFC 126 has been confirmed for the title showdown, with February 6 the most likely date for the event.

"I already spoke to Lorenzo [Fertitta] and we already agreed with this fight," Fabiano Farah, Belfort's manager, told Tatame on Friday. "We already received the contract to sign… it'll be at UFC 126, between January and February.

"Vitor is really well, training hard and very motivated for this fight. He's with his family in Las Vegas, training with a top team, with Shawn Tompkins, and he's very, very motivated."

UFC 125 is now expected to be headlined by Frankie Edgar's lightweight title clash with Gray Maynard.

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