Vitor Belfort Injured; Wanderlei Silva Steps In to Face Cung Le at UFC 139

September 21, 2011

Wanderlei Silva at UFC 87

Wanderlei Silva at UFC 87

An injury has forced Vitor Belfort out of his upcoming bout at UFC 139 so instead Wanderlei Silva will face Cung Le in his Octagon debut in San Jose.

UFC President Dana White tweeted the news on Wednesday.

“Vitor is injured and out of San Jose fight. Now Cung Le will fight Wandy!” White wrote.

Wanderlei Silva steps in just a few months after his entire UFC career came into question following a knockout loss to Chris Leben in July.

The legendary Pride fighter has gone 1-3 in his last 4 fights, but maintains that he wants to keep on competing so he’ll get his chance in Nov against former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le.

The bout between Silva and Le will still maintain the co-main event slot that the original fight had as well.

UFC 139 goes down Nov 19 in San Jose with Silva v. Le as well as the main event pitting Dan Henderson against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.

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