Vitor Belfort injury 'nothing major,' Phenom expects to be ready by December

Whatever Vitor Belfort did to get himself kicked off the UFC 139 fight card on Nov. 19 in San Jose is apparently not severe enough to sideline him much longer than a month.

"The Phenom" tweets:

I am out of november card, I have to take care of a injury. Nothing major but the good news that the doctor says I will be ready for dec

Belfort was expected to welcome former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Cung Le to the Octagon in the co-main event of "Henderson vs. Shogun;" however, UFC President Dana White today brought word that Wanderlei Silva will taking his place.

That means the former middleweight number one contender is looking for a new opponent, assuming the promotion hasn't already found him one.

Belfort was last seen destroying Japanese judo player Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133, sending him to his third straight loss and tucking tail down to the welterweight division.

The victory in Philadelphia moved him to 1-1 as a UFC middleweight following his first round collapse at the hands (and feet) of Anderson Silva earlier this year.

Time to do a little fantasy matchmaking Maniacs. Who does Belfort get next? And are there any conspiracy theorists out there thinking he was never really hurt and this was the promotion's way of switching things around (See Belfort vs. Okami at UFC 122).

Sound off!

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