Anderson 'The Spider' Silva will fight at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, but his opponent won't be Vitor Belfort, who injured his shoulder during training.
UFC President Dana White told AOL Fanhouse that despite the withdrawal of Belfort, Silva will have a middleweight division fight. While White wouldn't say who Silva would fight, Chael Sonnen, who recently defeated Nate Marquardt was promised a title shot between the winner of the Silva-Belfort fight.
Sonnen though, might not be an option for the fight, as he suffered some cuts to his nose and forehead in his fight, and according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission's post-fight medical, he's unable to train with contact until March 9. That would leave just over a month to get ready for a fighter that many consider to be the best pound-for-pound competitor in the UFC.
Silva hasn't fought in the octagon since August 2009, when he knocked out Forrest Griffin in the first round.
This marks the second time that a proposed fight between Silva and Belfort has not gone off. Before this recent turn of events, an earlier meeting was shelved to allow Silva to recover from elbow surgery.
UFC 112 will take place on April 10, 2010 and will see Frankie "The Answer" Edgar get a title shot against lightweight champion B.J. "The Prodigy" Penn, as well as mixed martial arts veterans Matt Hughes and Renzo Gracie facing off.