Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today (April 24, 2012) announced its new headliner for the upcoming UFC 148 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sorry, South America, but your consolation prize is a Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort rematch and a year's supply of Turtle Wax.
The announcement and subsequent change of plans were revealed at today's UFC 148 pre-fight press conference. For updates, live blog and video replay of the presser click here.
"The Spider" was expected to defend his 185-pound strap against his arch nemesis in the main event of UFC 147 on June 23 in Brazil; however, extenuating circumstances forced the world's largest fight promotion to shuffle the deck and send its two middleweight stars to "Sin City."
Get another look at their UFC 148 pre-fight staredown, with Chael hamming it up, after the jump.