Vitor Belfort replacing Wanderlei Silva at UFC 175, will fight Chael Sonnen

Vitor BelfortVitor Belfort is replacing Wanderlei Silva at UFC 175 and will fight Chael Sonnen on the July 5 card in Las Vegas.

Combate.com first reported the news and says Silva was pulled from the fight after missing a meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The UFC 175 card is being headlined by Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida. Weidman was originally slated to face Belfort at UFC 173, but Vitor pulled out of the fight amid the new crackdown on TRT. The fight was pushed back to UFC 175 after Weidman had knee surgery.

In addition to Weidman-Machida and Sonnen-Belfort, Ronda Rousey will face Alexis Davis on the card, and Urijah Faber and Stefan Struve also have fights on the card.

This shuffling of fighters is a surprise given that it looked like Belfort was initially being pulled because of TRT issues. I guess that’s all cleared up.

Dana White: Cyborg looked like Wanderlei Silva in a dress

Cyborg Justino

Don’t expect Ronda Rousey to be reprimanded by the UFC for calling Cyborg Justino an “it” when the boss of the company has very similar beliefs about the controversial female fighter.

Rousey, who has verbally sparred with Cyborg over the years, took matters even further during a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole. Rousey ripped Cyborg, saying that she could be the end of women’s MMA if she became champion. Rousey also criticized Cyborg for cheating and said all the steroids Cyborg have taken turned her from a woman into an “it.”

Many people felt that comment crossed the line and that the organization should discipline her for it. One MMA apparel company was so incensed over the comment that they offered $5,000 to any fighter who knocks out Rousey.

But UFC boss Dana White is on the same page as Rousey. On Thursday he defended Rousey for the namecalling and even went so far as to say that Cyborg looks like a man.

“She called her an it. [Cyborg] calls Ronda a chicken. Should Ronda be offended at being called a chicken? Grow the f–k up, everybody,” White said Thursday at a press conference in Baltimore ahead of UFC 172, via MMA Fighting.

“I said, when I saw [Justino] at the MMA Awards, she looked like Wanderlei Silva in a dress and heels. And she did, did she not? Who wants to dispute that she didn’t look like Wanderlei?” added White.

“She was walking up the stairs, jacked up on steroids beyond belief and looked like Wanderlei Silva in a dress and heels.”

Seriously, if you thought what Rousey said was bad, then what do you make of White’s comments? And with White defending Rousey — and we already know Rousey is his favorite — how can you expect any discipline?

This is just the latest example in a series of many unprofessional moments from Dana White.

Chael Sonnen wants Wanderlei Silva, not Vitor Belfort

Chael Sonnen impressed with a first-round submission victory over Shogun Rua at UFC Fight Night 26 on Saturday, and he said he wanted to fight Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1) next. Of course, Sonnen called out Silva in his typical bombastic way after winning his match.

Chael Sonnen“Right here on the UFC’s new home FOX Sports 1 … Wanderlei Silva. Six feet tall and 205 pounds. Boy, until I met you I didn’t know they could stack crap that high,” Sonnen said with a brash combination of humor and disrespect.

“I just got done with a world champion. If you think I want at a middle-aged comedian just for the god-damned pleasure of it, you better think again. Wanderlei Silva, three months, you and the bad guy!”

Silva, 37, beat Brian Stann in his return to light heavyweight in March. Sonnen has long antagonized Silva, though the two have never fought.

Though Sonnen wants to fight Wanderlei, he has some options; Vitor Belfort called out Sonnen over Twitter after watching Chael P. submit Shogun.

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