UFC 139: Vitor Belfort Out, Wanderlei Silva In Against Cung Le

Wanderlei Silva steps in for Vitor Belfort to fight Cung Le at UFC 139. Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Last week, Cung Le was scheduled to fight Vitor Belfort in the de facto UFC 139 main event. Earlier this week, the UFC officially brought back Dan Henderson into the promotion, slotting him in the top slot of UFC 139 against Mauricio Rua. Now Dana White tweets that Le-Belfort is off:

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

The interesting thing here is that by replacing Belfort with a man lower on the middleweight totem pole, the UFC has, in my eyes, put together a better fight. Le was overmatched against Belfort, and a fight with Wanderlei is much more competitive for him. It's also a good test for Wanderlei. A repeat of his fight against Chris Leben is further evidence that the UFC should play the Chuck Liddell card on him.

Le is 7-1 in his MMA career, with all of his fights taking place in San Jose for Strikeforce. He last fought in June of 2010, knocking out Scott Smith in a rematch.

Wanderlei Silva lost his last fight to Chris Leben by knockout. He is 2-4 since he signed with the UFC in 2007.

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