You can't always get what you want.
Vitor Belfort was itching for a tussle with Wanderlei Silva and that fell through. Then he turned his attention to fighting in Brazil at the upcoming event to be held in Rio de Janiero and now that's gone to the wayside.
"Verbal agreements are in for a battle between two of the most exciting fighters in the middleweight division. Coming off three straight Fight of the Night performances, Yoshihiro Akiyama will take on former UFC light-heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort in Philadelphia."
Belfort is healthy and rearing to go despite suffering from foot-and-mouth disease thanks to Anderson Silva and his fight-ending, Steven Seagal inspired, front kick back at UFC 126.
Calls for a fight against Michael Bisping were long and loud but the alternative looks like it's just as interesting ... and potentially explosive.
Yoshihiro Akiyama was recently pulled out of a scheduled UFC 128 clash against Nate Marquardt due to the devastating natural disasters over in Japan.
"Sexyama" will enter the cage on a two-fight skid, having dropped consecutive bouts to middleweight mashers Chris Leben and Michael Bisping, respectively.
However, the Japanese judo player has earned himself "Fight of the Night" honors in all three of his appearances inside the Octagon. That's a track record that speaks for itself.
And with the speedy -- and powerful -- hands possessed by Belfort, a fourth straight bonus award isn't out of the picture. Excited?
You should be.
UFC 133 is set to go down on August 6, 2011, from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Belfort vs. Akiyama is set for the main card, as well as a middleweight throwdown between Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for future updates to this still-developing fight card.