Vitor Belfort hasn’t been shy about the fact he wants to fight for the UFC Middleweight Championship again, but if he’s also been hoping to avenge his 2011 loss to Anderson Silva at the same time, he may want to rethink that plan.
Silva recently spoke with the Globo.com’s Combate, and was predictably asked for his thoughts on fighting Befort again, who is currently ranked #2 in the division. The 38 year-old legend had this to say when asked about rematching “The Phenom” (transcription via MMA Fighting.com):
“I don’t think so,” Silva said. “What was supposed to be done was done. Of course, we are employees of the UFC, but I don’t like to fight against Brazilians. I don’t see that possibility.”
The comments certainly won’t surprise Dana White, who just last month (when Belfort’s campaign for a title shot was working overtime) said selling Silva on another bout with the vet would be tough. As White noted at the time, Silva crushed Belfort in their first meeting (cue highlight reel of the front kick), so he may to be too keen on fighting him once more.
Of course, Silva is scheduled to rematch Weidman on December 28th at UFC 168, so if Belfort wants that title shot sooner than later, he probably needs the champ to defend his belt.
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