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BREAKING NEWS: Vitor Belfor OUT of UFC 139. Wanderlie Silva to face Cung Le

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An injury has forced Vitor Belfort (20-9 MMA, 9-4 UFC) out of November's UFC 139 event, and fellow middleweight Wanderlei Silva (31-11-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) has stepped in to fight Cung Le (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC president Dana White today announced the change via Twitter.

The nature of Belfort's injury was not disclosed.

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Post #1   9/21/11 12:34:07PM   

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Wow....!
This fight will be interesting for sure. Wandy's MMA experince alone is enough to cause Le trouble but Wandy isn't what he was 10 years ago either.
Call me crazy but I think this fight may go the distance.

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More unsure of my pick now. But still a good fight!

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say whaaaaaaaaaaat? I like this, I think it gives Wandy a great chance to get a win. That Hands of Steel fight sticks in my head when I think of Cung Lee and finishing potential and chin fortitude.

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I personally think the fight got easier for Le.

Le via TKO in R1.

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say whaaaaaaaaaaat? I like this, I think it gives Wandy a great chance to get a win. That Hands of Steel fight sticks in my head when I think of Cung Lee and finishing potential and chin fortitude.



But think of how many times Wanderlei has been knocked out cold.

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Wandy can't come in with the windmill like he did against Leben.

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Posted by FastKnockout

But think of how many times Wanderlei has been knocked out cold.



Agreed. I think he just got KO'd when the news broke.

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Le will have to avoid some dangerous spots, but I think Wanderlei is just too sloppy to win against Le.

Cung Le decision.

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This is a much more competitive matchup for Cung Le. I still gave him a decent shot against Vitor, but he's fighting another guy who's a bit wilder, a bit slower, and one who's lately tried to rely on his hands more than any other strikes. Le might be in trouble if Wandy figures out how to close the gap and bring down the Thai plum, but I think it'll be easier for him to control distance and keep Wandy at bay with body kicks all night.

Either way, I like the fight, two guys who go out to bang with neither one having an overwhelming edge over the other on paper.

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Great replacement fight, was sort of wanting to watch Vitor fight but this will make for a hech of a fight.

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The way i look at this now... the fight will last a lot longer than the original. I had Vitor winning via T(KO) fairly quickly, now i see this one going to a decision, or a late TKO in the 3rd. Wanderlei is a great replacement, Belcher would have been a good one as well... I love the match up, Wandy can't come in and be wreckless in this one.

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Damn, I really wanted to see Vitor slap Le around. Oh well, this fight is still interesting enough. Wandy is so punch drunk that I don't see it getting out of the first. The first solid strike to the face of Silva by Le will be the begging of the end Le 1st rd ko

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I had folks telling me I was nuts for picking Vitor 1st round K.O. Now I can't prove them wrong. Not sure what to think about this fight. I hope it is a competitive fight.

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Posted by FastKnockout

But think of how many times Wanderlei has been knocked out cold.



Agreed. I think he just got KO'd when the news broke.


Cung will dominate him in the first or second. Wandy is past it.

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