The TUF Brazil coaches, Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva were expected to throw down at this past weekend’s UFC 147 in Brazil. Unfortunately Belfort was forced to pull out of the bout with a broken hand. Rich Franklin would step in, defeating Belfort’s opponent. In the aftermath of the situation, Vitor has lost interest in taking on his former adversary, as he’s looking for bouts that would move him into title contention.
“I guess Wanderlei will be able to fight in October but I only want that my next bout that accredits me to dispute the belt. I don’t know, maybe Michael Bisping. I was only defeated once recently, by Anderson Silva, and all my wins were very convincing.
To clarify, Belfort does not want the fans to think he is choosing his fights as fellow Brazilian, Shogun Rua was recently accused of. Whoever his promoters decide to match him up with, he’s completely fine with.
“I don’t pick fights. There are people who say ‘If they give me this guy, I would rather be fired’! I was even talking about it with Dana White. How can anybody choose their fight? Obviously some managers force things for their athletes go up in the career but I want to make a fight that interests the public. I already am in the end of my career, so I want to do one more fight and go for the belt,” he said.
“Joe Rogan spoke with me that it makes all sense, unless Hector Lombard wins very well over Tim Boetsch. And Lorenzo Fertitta told me that I would dispute the title if I had beat Wanderlei.”
The large middleweight is aware that his cut is not an easy one. As age takes it’s effects, the Phenom says he may consider a rise back up to 205 lb.
“I don’t know how long I will stay in this division. I wanted to do more two or three fights. If my body will no longer permit this big weight cutting, I will go up (to 205-lbs). I am not afraid of Jon Jones or somebody else… Its not for me to choose my opponents.”
Translated by FightersOnly