Brazilian slugger Vitor Belfort recently explained he would be facing Yushin Okami in mid-November rather than UFC middleweight title-holder Anderson Silva due to injured ribs “The Spider” had stated would keep him out of the cage until next year. As it turns out, Silva will indeed be sidelined until after the curtain drops on 2010…and could be back in action about twenty hours after it according to top 185-pound contender Chael Sonnen.

During Sonnen’s recent stint as a co-host on ESPN’s MMA Live, the outspoken wrestler confirmed his expected rematch against Silva would take place on January 1st, 2011 in Las Vegas at UFC 125 as long as the champ didn’t suffer any setbacks while his ribs recovered (with “Super Bowl Weekend” slated as a back-up plan).

“Last time I defeated the myth. This time I’m gonna defeat the man,” he predicted. “The only thing different is I’m leaving there with the belt.”

Sonnen famously fell victim to Silva’s hybrid triangle-armbar at UFC 117 with less than two minutes remaining in a twenty-five minute bout he’d dominated prior to the submission. The Team Quest staple is 25-11-1 in his career and had won three consecutive fights before the championship bout including victories over Okami and Nate Marquardt.