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Alan Belcher Injured; Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado 2 Moved to UFC 153

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Vitor Belfort's removal from UFC 153 proved to be a blessing in disguise for Alan Belcher.

Belcher, who was scheduled to meet Belfort on Oct. 13 in Rio de Janeiro before "The Phenom" was moved to UFC 152 to fight Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title, tweeted on Friday that he is battling an injury.

"Everyone is asking if I am mad at UFC, Jon Jones [and] Vitor Belfort," he wrote, "answer is no. This is a blessing in disguise. I have a spinal fracture."

Belcher added that he hopes to return to action by November, so the injury does not appear to be serious.

As a result, UFC officials announced on Friday that Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado 2 has been moved to UFC 153. The light heavyweight pair fought to a no contest at UFC on FOX 4 earlier this month after Davis accidentally poked Prado in the eye in the first round.

As for Belcher, he tweeted that he would like to fight Chris Weidman "or another top 5" in his return. The UFC has to announce who Belcher and Weidman will fight next.