Chris Weidman hurt and out of UFC 183 clash with Vitor Belfort

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UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman has been forced out of a proposed fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC 183 in December, citing a hand injury.

The undefeated American has been ruled out with a fractured left hand, which was supposedly misdiagnosed by doctors before his previous fight with Lyoto Machida.

It's the latest in a long list of injuries that have affected pay-per-view main event bouts all year, making it one of the worst years in the history of the UFC for injuries.

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Belfort breaks the news

It was his opponent, Belfort, who broke the news first. He told his Facebook followers: "I’ve just received the news that Chris Weidman broke his hand and, for what everything points to, our fight is gonna be moved to February."

That news was later confirmed by UFC President Dana White who also announced that they're looking to move the title fight to February 2015.

Weidman's trainer, Ray Longo, stated the reason for the injury was a misdiagnosis ahead of his fight with Machida that resulted in him doing further damage to the injured hand.

Longo said that he had been diagnosed with sprained ligaments ahead of the fight but just days before the fight, Weidman was unable to use his left hand.

He managed to prevail in that bout though and took his record to 12-0, as he beat yet another Brazilian opponent.

Weidman has beaten four previous Brazilian opponents and Belfort will mark his fifth opponent, as he continues to define himself as one of the must-see fighters in the UFC.

For now, his coach is remaining positive, saying: "Everything happens for a reason. We're going to get Chris healthy and then we're going to steamroll this guy. Believe me."

Hendricks-Lawler II steps up

In a fight that was initially looking to be scheduled for February, the rematch between UFC Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will main event instead.

These two clashed in a five round brawl last year and while Hendricks has been sidelined with injury, Lawler has gone on to beat Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger - establishing himself once again as the top contender.

It will be complemented by the clash of Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez for the UFC Lightweight title, which will be the conclusion of their times as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Season 20.

With it being the last card of the year, it's sure to be a bumper one and having two title fights is going to help especially with someone like Lawler involved - who is a crowd pleasing fighter.

Will it be as good as the hype for Weidman-Belfort? Maybe just about, but no matter the winner, it will be sure to shake up the division one way or another.

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