Middleweight contender Vitor Belfort will return to UFC action in November, but won’t fight 185-pound champ Anderson Silva, who is sidelined until early next year with a rib injury suffered before his recent title defense over Chael Sonnen.
“This year I am not going to fight for the title because the champion is hurt,” Belfort wrote on Twitter, “but November we will be in action for sure that is what I can say.”
Belfort (19-8) was slated to face Silva at April’s UFC 112, but was forced to pull out of the bout with a shoulder injury and has been sidelined since as he recovered from surgery. “The Phenom” knocked out Rich Franklin in his UFC return in September for his fifth-straight win, but Silva’s injury will allow him to shake off potential ring rust and fight at 185-pounds before challenging for the belt.
The UFC’s November schedule includes UFC 122 on November 13 in Germany and UFC 123 on November 20, which is headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida.