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Belfort out, Wandy in

Dana White announced today via his standard highly professional media outlet that Vitor Belfort has pulled out of his fight with Cung Le at UFC 139 due to an undisclosed injury.  But there’ll be no stay of execution for Le, as The Axe Murderer has taken over the killing duties.

Despite the decreased odds of Le’s untimely death, this fight makes a lot more sense to me than the original.  Belfort’s crushing of Sexyama last month already showed that he’s still a top contender and very much a force to be reckoned with, so a guy like Cung Le represented nothing but a squash match for him.  But Wandy’s coming off his own uber-quick destruction by Chris “Fatherless Bastard” Leben, has dropped 4 of his 6 UFC fights, and desperately needs to prove that his murderin’ axe is still sharp.  If he can’t beat an aging paper tiger like Le, then there’s a strong chance he’ll be Liddell’d into retirement soon after… and I can’t say I’d disagree.

As for Vitor, he says he should be back in the cage in December.  Which is only a few weeks after UFC 139, so I guess Jesus is already on the case but was just booked up until mid-November.  Hallelujah!

  • scissors61

    Much more sensible fight, though I’m not sure what a win over Cung Le does for Wanderlei career-wise. I guess a win over anybody is good for him at this point, though :/

  • CAP

    It will be a sad day if Wandy loses this one.

  • kvelertak

    I’m calling bullshit that Wand is any less dangerous to Le than that goldbricker Belfort.

    Who the fuck has Belfort beat worth a damn in the last 7 years besides Franklin (Weight classless UFC bitch boy) and Sexyama (Japanese)?

    Wand has posted better wins and better performances against higher level competition than Belfort or Le.

    Plus, Wand automatically gets + 10 Initiative when facing small Asian men.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Neat!

  • glassjawsh

    crazy looping hooks vs crazy shushokan karate kicks. dig!

  • FiveBoltMain

    for the love of god don’t let wand get ko’ed.

  • frickshun

    Dig it.

  • Reverend Clint

    better fight and belfort does suck

  • JapanMMA

    I like that fight better.

  • Redping

    ‘Wand has posted better wins and better performances against higher level competition than Belfort or Le.’ — lol against who? Keith Jardine or Michael Bisping? Wandy ducked Belfort all year, maybe you think Wandy is better but I don’t think Wandy has that opinion. This is a much better fight for Cung Le as Wandy is fairly easy to knock out if you land right, but he himself hasn’t got the strongest chin. If scott smith was able to land a comeback knockout, it’s not unreasonable to think wandy could.

    That said, we all know if Wandy fought Akiyama, then it would be a decision or Akiyama would get the KO – but belfort blitzkriegs the lower-leagues guys. It’s the big fights he fails. This would’ve been a great momentum-generator, but i don’t think vitor will ever mentally be able to beat anderson, so who gives a shit. These 3 guys are just in the ufc for fun really, let the winner fight vitor

  • thingvolds

    cung le wins by ko and dana retires wandy.

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