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UFC 139: Wand takes Belfort’s place

Wand at pre-UFC 132 press conference / Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa

UFC president Dana White tweeted some breaking news regarding the UFC 139 card that’s of particular interest to Brazilian fans:

An injury has forced Vitor Belfort to pull out of his scheduled bout with Cung Le, and Wanderlei Silva will be taking his place.

The news means Wanderlei will have a chance to redeem himself since the brutal knockout he suffered at the hands of  Chris Leben last July at UFC 132.

Now the matchup marks Cung Le’s UFC debut after amassing eight fights’ worth of professional MMA experience (7w, 1l), all under the Strikeforce banner.

Check out the provisional UFC 139 card:

Cung Le vs. Wanderlei Silva
Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio Shogun
Brian Bowles vs. Urijah Faber
Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story
Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Gleison Tibau
Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Tom Lawlor vs. Chris Weidman

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