Here’s one UFC fighter that agrees with Jon Jones’ choice to deny a fight against Chael Sonnen. Jones’ next opponent and fellow christian (as he point out), Vitor Belfort. Belfort tells UFC Tonight that he approved of Sonnen’s denial of a title shot. Perhaps Belfort is not the best person to ask as he is bias to the fact that it was that decision by Jones which gave him the opportunity to fight for a title shot. The news also gives Sonnen another reason to bash a Brazilian as Belfort refers to him as a ‘clown’ throughout the intervew.
“We have the youngest fighter and one of the oldest guys and it is the old lion and the new lion. I have history in the UFC. Not like all the other clowns talking on twitter. You know which clown I’m talking about. I think he doesn’t deserve a shot at all but I think the event should continue with another fighter. I don’t know what happened, but I am thankful that the fight came to me. I am really thankful to Lorenzo and Dana for giving me the chance and to the fans.”
In regards to the topic that many fans have brought up, why Belfort? The former champ explains why he doesn’t deserve the shot, but how he kind of does – being a long time veteran in the sport. Especially over ‘clown’ Sonnen.
“It’s not that I deserve it, but I have history in the UFC. I have been the champion of the light heavyweight division. It’s not about Chael, it’s just I think it is a better fight with me. I think John Jones vs. Belfort makes more sense. The way Chael got beat by Silva in the last fight, he doesn’t deserve to go for a title fight. There were so many guys that were willing to fight Jon Jones that had good wins and good records in the UFC like Chris Weidman. Chael is trying to move up in weight and give up on his weight class, that’s the way I see it. But guess what, I am really thankful Jones didn’t accept that fight with Chael that week and that fight came to me and I really have to thank god. And the way I went about trying to get the fight was the professional way. I sent a text to Dana and Lorenzo offering myself to fight Jones. And then the fight came to me and I just have to thank God for the opportunity.”
Expect to see something you have never seen from him, says Belfort. The longtime veteran is still in high hopes that he can put on a competitive show, despite the oddsmakers harsh betting lines giving him next to no chance.
“The cool thing about the UFC is that it is exploding to other countries like Australia and Brazil. It is expanding, giving jobs and giving opportunities. We bring values, we motivate people how to live a life and what kind of habits you have to create. This is Disneyland bro. That is why I am so proud of myself to work with this kind of organization. I get to go to the park every day. The gym is my park. Don’t let people create outcomes for you, you create outcomes. Guess what, the world is a mess, you need to start everything in you mind the way you treat your family, the way you live your life, everything. And this is a challenge. This is one more challenge in my life. I am having one opportunity that no one from my generation has and I am so happy. I am going to be so happy in that Octagon when that bell rings and I am going to fight like I have never fought before. So you guys don’t miss Toronto on the 22nd. You are going to get to see the young lion against the new old lion.”