It’s been a long time coming but it seems that Vitor Belfort is finally set to make his return in the octagon in November, but it won’t be against middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

“This year I am not going to fight for the title because the champion is hurt but November we will be in action for sure that is what I can say,” Belfort stated on twitter yesterday evening.

Belfort hasn’t fought since claiming a first round KO victory over Rich Franklin at UFC 103 back in September of ’09.  He was then slated to fight Silva at UFC 112, but a shoulder injury forced him to pull out and he’s been on the treatment table ever since.

The indications are that if Belfort returns in November that he may end up headlining UFC 122 on November 13th which sees the promotion return to Germany.

What remains unclear is who is he will be fighting.  It’s possible that he could face Chael Sonnen in a showdown to establish who will get the next shot at the title, though it’s perhaps more likely that the UFC will keep them apart so they both get that opportunity in 2011.

Other potential opponents include Yushin Okami who Dana White recently suggested was close to a title shot, or perhaps the resurgent Chris Leben who is now three fights unbeaten and would serve as an entertaining opponent and a good stylistic match-up for Belfort.