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Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort in Doubt for January, Georges St-Piere May Not Return Until March

Anderson Silva Retains Title at UFC 90Injuries to middleweight champion Anderson Silva and welterweight title-holder Georges St-Pierre could alter the UFC’s plans for early-2010, as both fighters may be sidelined longer than expected.

While heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and challenger Shane Carwin are expected to be recovered from their recent bouts with the flu to headline UFC 108 on January 2, Silva’s title defense against Vitor Belfort that had been scheduled for the card is in doubt as Silva continues to recover from recent elbow surgery.

St-Pierre, who’s been sidelined since a July title defense over Thiago Alves, was expected to headline a February UFC card, likely UFC 109 on February 6, but may be unable to return to the Octagon until March, according to Yahoo! Sports, though the Silva-Belfort matchup could be tapped to fill the main event.

An opponent has not yet been determined for St-Pierre’s next fight, though the winner of a UFC 105 matchup between Mike Swick and Dan Hardy is the likely front-runner.

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