After suffering a broken hand at “Affliction Banned”, Vitor Belfort will not be able to fight a the upcoming Affliction 2 “Day of Reckoning” show on Oct. 11, according to Affliction VP Tom Atencio in a interview with MMAWeekly radio.
“Vitor is out, I spoke with him I think yesterday and he told me. Actually, it was on Tuesday we had a conversation for about an hour or so and yeah, I guess he broke his hand in two places is what he told me and he had been having 2, 3 and 4 opinions on it. He finally got the opinion that he wanted I guess and they told him to step out for a while.”
This leaves little time for Affliction to find a replacement to fight Matt “The Law” Lindland on the Oct. 11th card.
Jake Shields spoke earlier in the week that his fight with John Alessio at “EliteXC Showdown” was not a done deal and he is currently fielding an offer by another promotion to fight a top 185lb fighter. Could Affliction be courting Shields to take on the “Law” on the main card? Here’s a clip of what Shields had to say:
“Right now I have a really good offer on the table to fight a top 185-pounder,” Shields stated. “I’m just waiting, hoping Elite (XC) will give me that opportunity to go out there and represent Elite and test myself.