What we know right now is that Nate “The F*cking Great” Marquardt will be fighting Yushin Okami at UFC 122, as Vitor Belfort has been pulled from the event. The initial rumor floating around the blogosphere was that Belfort was injured, which sounded likely considering his frail body. But Belfort’s trainer Shawn Tompkins shot that down on Facebook last night:
Great episode of Sons of Anarchy tonight!!!! and yes you will recieve Vitor Belfort news very soon…. All I can tell you as his coach is that he is 100% healthy.. Big day tomorrow at the gym, Hominick and Horodecki are looking great..
Considering that Sons of Anarchy is indeed one of the best shows ever, it would follow that Tompkins is a credible source of information. After all, what better way to judge someone’s character then by the quality of television that they watch? If Tompkins had said “Awesome episode of Glee last night bros!” then I might question his credibility (and his manhood), but that didn’t happen.
There are really only two explanations for this: either Belfort has decided to film another guest spot on a soap opera, or he’s taking Chael Sonnen’s place against Anderson Silva, which is exactly what I suggested the other day. I hope I’m right, because Silva-Belfort and Marquardt-Okami are awesome fights, and because there’s nothing I love more than saying “I told you so.” (Except good whiskey.)
UPDATE: Dana White corroborates Tompkin’s statement via Twitter. The only clearer form of evidence that Silva vs. Belfort is happening would be if Dana wrote “Silva vs. Belfort is happening.”
UPDATE #2: Confirmed from Dana’s Twitter. “Vitor is not injured. He is going to fight anderson for the title and the winner of marquart and okami are next.”