"Difficult" is certainly an upgrade from "out of his mind."
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White doesn't know what to do with top-ranked middleweight Vitor Belfort, who may be the second best mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the world, according to the "official" UFC rankings (see them here).
But that doesn't get him a division title shot when the promotion has the opportunity to deliver fans the "biggest fight of all time."
Instead, the Brazilian finds himself in a "weird" situation, moving back up to light heavyweight to rematch Dan Henderson while Chris Weidman gives Anderson Silva a chance to reclaim his throne at UFC 168. Does "The Phenom" get dibs on the winner? He might, unless he instead decides to call out UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez.
White talks to media members in Rio (video):
"Vitor Belfort is in a weird situation in the UFC because Vitor Belfort puts himself in weird situations. We had fights that we wanted to make for Vitor, and then Vitor has his own ideas of what Vitor wants to do. Vitor has been difficult, so it puts Vitor in a difficult position. We wanted to do him and Tim Kennedy. He didn't want that fight. He didn't feel that Tim Kennedy deserved to fight him, whatever his reasoning was. Vitor is difficult. We gotta see what happens with this fight with Vitor, and then we'll figure out where Vitor is. Vitor might win this fight and then want to fight Cain Velasquez, for Christ's sake. Who knows what Vitor wants to do?"
At this point, only Vitor.
His last trip up to 205-pounds ended in a submission loss to reigning champion Jon Jones. He since returned to middleweight and scored consecutive knockout victories over top contenders Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold, respectively, thanks to the great equalizer.
It would be hard to deny him another crack at the crown if he smokes Henderson at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 32 event on FOX Sports 1, which takes place on Nov. 9, 2013 at Goiania Arena in Goias, Brazil. Unless "The Spider" bites the "All American," setting up a blockbuster rubber match.
Then again, "Anderson has to rest."