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Top 5 Potential Replacements for Vitor Belfort Against Wanderlei Silva

In case you missed the bad news - I did, I went off to sleep and just found out about it now - Vitor Belfort broke his hand, and got surgery. His bout with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147 is clearly off. This is good news... for Wanderlei Silva. He almost certainly doesn't get blasted into unconsciousness again, although that depends on who his next opponent is. In this, I count down five people currently under the Zuffa umbrella of fighters who aren't already booked in a bout for June or July.

5. Glover Teixeira - This would have to be a catchweight/Franklinweight bout, which is why it's down at #5. Brazilian fans probably already know who he is, having fought there six times since 2010, and it gives Tex a big name to further introduce him to the casual fans. Not sure if the want to feed Wandy to a young lion, though.

4. Yushin Okami - Yushin already has a bit of a name in Brazil thanks to the Anderson Silva match, and while not too many of his matches are all that exciting, there's a distinct chance that this could. End in a win for Wanderlei that is. He's been TKO'd twice in a row now, and while he's got a strong wrestling base, every single person has managed to get out from under him as well. If Wandy can push the pace, he's got a legit shot at knocking off a top10 guy in one of the last matches of his career.

3. Josh Koscheck - The infamous Fraggle Rock has hinted and mentioned a few times that he'd move up to 185, and he's a big enough name where the UFC wouldn't mind him being in a main event. The bad-guy personality would work as well, seeing how the card is in Brazil and Wandy's the hometown hero.

Numbers two and one over at Gals Guide, although you can probably guess them already.


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