UFC 126 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 5, 2011 will headline two dynamic strikers in the middleweight division.
Current champion, Anderson “The Spider” Silva, will put his 12 consecutive victories in the UFC on the line against fellow Brazilian, “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort. This explosive match up has been destined for fruition since Belfort’s return to the UFC in 2009.
On February 5th, either the current champion Anderson Silva will remain the No. 1 middleweight in the world. Or, a new champion will reign supreme and history will be rewritten in Las Vegas as Vitor Belfort dethrones “The Spider” and becomes the UFC middleweight champion.
With an overall mixed martial arts record of 27-4-0, Anderson Silva has earned 15 (T)KO and five submission victories during his future hall of fame career. Silva has been king of the UFC middleweight division since winning his championship belt in 2006. When he defeated Rich “Ace” Franklin at UFC 64 on October 14, 2006 by TKO in 2:59 of Round one.
Silva stepped up a weight class to challenge the former light heavyweight champion, Forrest Griffin at UFC 101. Dominating Griffin with an onslaught of strikes from all angles and levels, Anderson was virtually untouched in this match up and left Griffin bloodied and beaten in the middle of the octagon resulting in a knockout victory for Silva at 3:23 of Round 1.
Currently, in less than a month’s time, Anderson Silva will once again place his middleweight championship belt on the line against the resurrected, Vitor Belfort.
Belfort stormed onto the UFC scene at the ripe age of 19. Competing then in a heavyweight tournament at UFC 12, “The Phenom’s” hand speed was on display as he unloaded on UFC veteran Tank Abbott earning a technical knockout victory and placing Vitor Belfort on the mixed martial arts map for the world to witness.
Following his explosive entrance into the UFC, Belfort was subsequently marred in steroid controversy. Bouncing between various MMA promotions including Pride Fighting Championships, Affliction and Cage Rage, Vitor would not return to the UFC until four years later.
During his lay off from the UFC, Belfort endured a hellacious personal loss. Vitor’s sister was kidnapped in 2004 and later found murdered in Brazil. This tragedy, rightfully, took a toll on Belfort’s emotional balance forcing Vitor’s fighting career to take a back seat while he managed the emotional affects of his sister’s death.
Refocused, Dana White resigned “The Phenom” in 2004. Knocking out the one time UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin, at a catch weight of 195 pounds at UFC 103, Belfort was once again welcomed into the middleweight championship contender talk against Anderson Silva.
This middleweight championship fight on February 5, 2011 has all the makings of an explosive main event.