The last six months of 2009 were akin to a rare form of torture for the UFC as an unprecidented number of injuries and call-offs wreaked havoc on the majority of their major events.
There was almost an audible sigh of relief from matchmaker Joe Silva (who himself managed to injure his MCL during that period) when they finally made it to the end of the year, and were able to see light at the end of the tunnel with a number of major stars set to get back up from the treatment table in early 2010.
January passed relatively incident free, and bolstered by the news of Brock Lesnar’s return to health after suffering from Diverticulitis it appeared that the injury curse had been broken.
Reports in the last couple of days suggested that maybe it hasn’t.
Yesterday it emerged that Martin Kampmann has been forced to pull out of his main card bout with Ben Saunders due to a horrific cut suffered in training. Jake Ellenberger has since been brought in as a replacement.
Today Brazilian site Tatame suggested that a shoulder injury may force Vitor Belfort out of his eagerly anticipated middleweight title showdown with Anderson Silva which was set to headline the UFC 112 event in Abu Dhabi.
It should be stressed that at this stage this is just an unconfirmed rumor, though Tatame have been been proven correct in such matters in the past.
Until we hear more word on the situation we can only keep our fingers crossed that the injury curse has not come back to weaken some of the most stacked UFC events in recent memory.
Unfortunately the rumor of Belfort’s injury has proven to be true. Read more on this breaking story here