UFC Quick Quote: Vitor Belfort must win 'a couple more fights' to warrant Anderson Silva rematch

Chris Trotman

Vitor Belfort seems unable to make up his mind about which champion he wants to rematch next, Jon Jones or Anderson Silva, but regardless of his decision one thing is certain: "The Phenom" will need to win his way back into another championship situation.

"I expected that question. I actually was emailing and texting with Dana White because I knew that question would come. The answer, and Joe Silva said something similar, was that no that Vitor Belfort is at Middleweight again -- and the way that he lost to Anderson Silva -- the thinking is that he needs to win a couple more fights at Middleweight [before he can get another shot] at the belt. But, this kind of win has put him right back in contention and you never know how things shake out in the UFC. He's done himself some justice."

-- Vitor Belfort was just doing what he was told when he grabbed the microphone after his second round technical knockout of Michael Bisping in the UFC on FX 7 main event when he called out Chael Sonnen, labeling him a clown, and clamored for a rematch with Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones. While "The Phenom" might take umbrage with the decision to tap Sonnen, who (like Belfort) is a former No. 1 Middleweight contender who did nothing in the 205-pound division to deserve a title bid, he needs to come to terms with the fact that the wild stallion has already stormed out of the barn. That's just politics, my friend. Belfort -- who was recently awarded with two title shots in the span of 18 months -- would have been better served to focus his attention on the division in which he currently competes, which in case he forgot is Middleweight. His stoppage of "The Count" last night (Jan. 19, 2013) at Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil (watch it here), essentially blew the weight class wide open, leaving the next contender to challenge Anderson Silva for his 185-pound strap anyone's guess. In fact, Silva didn't even have any answers when he was asked who could possibly be next with Bisping now erased from the equation. Marshall Zelaznik, UFC Managing Director of International Development -- who emceed the UFC on FX 7 post-fight press conference (watch highlights here) -- didn't even touch Belfort's desire to rematch "Bones." Instead, he informed him that he'd have to collect a few more wins at 185 pounds to be considered for a potential rematch opposite "The Spider," who kicked his face off with a Steven Seagal special back at UFC 126. Seems fair to me ... how about you?

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