Exciting resurgent former UFC champion Vitor Belfort is scheduled to meet soon with UFC physicians to determine when he'll be fit to compete again.
The highly regarded middleweight contender was originally scheduled to compete this Saturday at UFC 112 against Anderson Silva for the promotions' middleweight title before further injuring a recurring shoulder problem in training.
The injury required what was termed "emergency surgery," and left Belfort facing, what was thought at the time, a daunting recovery.
"I am in L.A guys so today or tomorrow I will see the doctor from UFC so he will give us the date of my next fight miss every one I am back," Belfort posted on his Twitter account.
Apperently doctors where encouraged after surgery revealed that the damage wasn't as bad as initially expected. Belfort is expected to make a full recovery.
Though the date of his comeback is still up in the air, his next opponent is a bit more deducible.
Chael Sonnen would seem to be the logical choice, provided Belfort is cleared to fight soon. Both Sonnen and Belfort would have faced Silva before each suffered injuries, leaving the door open for jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia to step in for his first crack at the title.
The UFC was ready to award Sonnen with a shot at Silva at UFC 112 after his big win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 109, but Sonnen wasn't cleared to begin training again until a few weeks ago and wouldn't have been ready by this Saturday.
A match up between Sonnen and Belfort, however, would allow the UFC to establish a clear and new threat to Silva's middleweight title should he retain his belt against Maia, and even give Silva the oppertunity to take another fight at light-heavyweight in the interim if he chooses to do so.