Third person says what? It’s unclear if we’re speaking on “The Rock” or “The Vitor Belfort,” — either way the new persona is welcomed here. Vitor Belfort is unquestionably in title contention once again, however a former DREAM champion named Gegard Mousasi feels otherwise. After recent call outs by Mousasi, Belfort has retorted with his thoughts.

If you want to fight Vitor Belfort, you have to earn it,” said Vitor Belfort. “It’s just like if you want to play someone in the quarter or semi finals – you cannot just because you won something a long time ago. No, you have to earn your spot.

“I don’t like it how people are using Twitter trying [to get opponents]. I want to fight for the belt — that’s my goal. That’s the goal of a fighter, that’s the goal of an athlete in the UFC. That’s the goal of Vitor Belfort — I’m a winner, I’m a champion. That’s what I want, that’s what I’m fighting for. I’ve been proving, I’ve been earning, so the only thing I see next for me is fights that will bring me up…

“This is division [is full] of great athletes. If Mousasi wants to fight someone, go fight Luke Rockhold, go fight Michael Bisping. He has to prove himself, that’s how it is in this sport, you have to earn it. If you want something, earn it, and I did.” – Via Sherdog

Where’s Vitor coming from here, is this confidence or cockiness? Either way he’s pointed Mousasi to the back of the line at middleweight. Should Vitor win one more before stepping in a title fight once again?