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UFC 147: Vitor Belfort out of Wanderlei Silva fight with broken hand, search for replacement underway

Pictured: Vitor Belfort.
Pictured: Vitor Belfort.

You know how it goes for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White -- every day he wakes up, bad shit happens.

Yesterday, the promotion held a highly successful mixed martial arts (MMA) event on pay-per-view (PPV) with the UFC 146: "Dos Santos vs. Mir" fight card going off without a hitch and featuring a night filled with compelling fights. All the heavyweight main card delivered with five finishes and not a single bout making it past the second round.

But shortly after the show concluded, White revealed to reporters that the main event of the promotion's next scheduled show, UFC 147 on June 23, 2012, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, will no longer happen.

Indeed, Vitor Belfort has suffered a broken hand -- for which he's already had surgery on -- and will not be able to rematch Wanderlei Silva as planned. A replacement opponent is currently being sought.

This marks another bump in the road for an event plagued by problems since it was officially announced not long ago. First, the highly anticipated rematch pitting Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen was booked for the show before being moved to UFC 148 on July 7 in Las Vegas.

This after the organization had trouble finding a proper venue to house the event. They eventually found one and settled on a much smaller show but now the PPV, which already looked fairly weak on paper, has taken yet another crippling blow.

Anyone got any ideas for a new opponent for "The Axe Murderer?"

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