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Rock the Vote: Silva or Belfort?

We're now hours from one of the biggest fights in the history of the middleweight division as Anderson Silva will put his UFC middleweight belt on the line against former light heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort. Will Silva make his eighth straight title defense or does Belfort have what it takes to dethrone "The Spider"?

Video: Silva, Belfort Heated at Weigh-ins

Rich Franklin. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort hit the marks for their UFC 126 middleweight title bout tomorrow night in Las Vegas, and then nearly came to blows during a staredown.

In response to remarks Belfort made about Silva "wearing a mask" as a fighter, the champion did just that, donning a plain white mask and going nose-to-nose with Belfort. The two exchanged words and had to be held back by their cornermen before being separated.

All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Mike Pierce, who weighed in one pound over the welterweight limit. Video of the weigh-ins are after the jump.

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Video: UFC 126 Pre-Fight Press Conference

Anderson Silva. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and opponent Vitor Belfort were in attendance for the UFC 126 pre-fight press conference on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Also answering questions for the media were UFC President Dana White, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader.

Video of the press conference can be seen after the jump.

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Silva-GSP Megafight Possible for Late 2011

Georges St. Pierre. Photo courtesy of Under Armour.

The topic of a dream fight between longtime UFC champions Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre has long been discussed and debated by fans of the sport. UFC President Dana White, intially against the idea, has softened his stance in recent years, but never before has the fight been targeted by the organization, until now.

As first reported by, White informed those in attendance at Friday's Q&A session with troops stationed at Fort Hood, TX that wins by both Silva and St. Pierre in their upcoming fights could result in the two being matched up against each other later this year.

"After he wins that fight, then Georges St. Pierre needs to beat Jake Shields in Toronto and if that happens, then we're probably going to do that fight," White said. "So if they both win, that fight makes all the sense in the world."

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Sonnen Speaks on Confrontation With Silva, Calls Other Fighters “Cowards”

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Over the past weekend, Twitter was abuzz when it was reported that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen had a confrontation during the UFC Fan Expo.

“You know, I was really trying to be helpful. Anderson was signing a group of autographs, he looked like he didn’t want to be signing them and I let him know that in two months he won’t have to sign anymore because nobody will care about him again,” said Sonnen on

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UFC 103 Notes: Belfort Moves to Forefront of Middleweight Title Picture

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A win over Rich Franklin was expected to make Vitor Belfort an instant contender for Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title. But according to UFC President Dana White, Belfort may have positioned himself as the leading candidate for Silva’s next title defense, even before Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt.

“You know, I think he might be ready now,” White said at last night’s UFC 103 post-fight press conference.

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Quick Hits: Silva to Undergo Elbow Surgery, Overeem to Fight in October & More

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— UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will reportedly undergo elbow surgery that will keep him out of action for the remainder of the year. Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, recently announced that his client would be taking a break from active competition after fighting twice already this year. Details regarding the extent of the injury and how it was suffered remain unknown at this time. []

— Recently criticized Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will make a much-awaited return to MMA action at Golden Glory 11 on October 17 in Amsterdam. An opponent for Overeem has not yet been named. Overeem’s training partners, Siyar Bahadurzada and Dion Staring, will also be on the card, which is to feature a mix of MMA and boxing bouts. []

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UFC 101: Declaration Quick Results

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B.J. Penn def. Kenny Florian – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Anderson Silva def. Forrest Griffin – KO (Punch)
Aaron Riley def. Shane Nelson – Decision (Unanimous)
Johny Hendricks def. Amir Sadollah – TKO (Punches)
Ricardo Almeida def. Kendall Grove – Decision (Unanimous)
Kurt Pellegrino def. Josh Neer – Decision (Unanimous)
John Howard def. Tamdan McCrory – Decision (Split)
Alessio Sakara def. Thales Leites – Decision (Split)
Matt Riddle def. an Cramer – Decision (Unanimous)
George Sotiropoulos def. George Roop – Submission (Kimura)
Jesse Lennox def. Danillo Villefort – TKO

All Fighters on Weight For UFC 101

The official weigh-in results for UFC 101: Declaration are in and all fighters successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts Saturday night at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The card will be headlined by a UFC lightweight title bout between champion B.J.Penn and Kenny Florian. The co-main event will feature UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva moving up to light heavyweight to take on former champ Forrest Griffin.

Main Card:

B.J. Penn (155 lbs) vs. Kenny Florian (155 lbs)
Anderson Silva (205 lbs) vs. Forrest Griffin (205 lbs)
Ricardo Almeida (185 lbs) vs. Kendall Grove (185.5 lbs)
Josh Neer (155.5 lbs) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (154.5 lbs)
Johny Hendricks (171 lbs) vs. Amir Sadollah (166.5 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Aaron Riley (154 lbs) vs. Shane Nelson (156 lbs)
John Howard (169.5 lbs) vs. Tamdan McCrory (170 lbs)
Alessio Sakara (185.5 lbs) vs. Thales Leites (185 lbs)
Dan Cramer (169.5 lbs) vs. Matthew Riddle (170 lbs)
George Sotiropoulos (155 lbs) vs. George Roop (154 lbs)
Danillo VIllefort (170.25 lbs) vs. Jesse Lennox (171 lbs)

Quote of the Day: Wanderlei Silva Wants to Bet Anderson on Franklin Fight

Wanderlei Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“I go to knock him out. I have trained so much and Rich won’t last two rounds. I think it is good Anderson has been preparing him. I hope he is also on the corner. I want to dare him to bet $50,000. I put these amount and Anderson or his sponsors, Ed Soares or Joinha, bet another part. Who wins takes the money.”

Longtime PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva tells Fighters Only Magazine that would be willing to bet former training partner Anderson Silva that he will be victorious within two rounds in his catch-weight bout against Rich Franklin at UFC 99 on June 13.

It looks like the war of words between the two Brazilians isn’t going to be ending anytime soon.

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