I've got bad news for Vitor Belfort.
If he thinks he's getting another title shot against Anderson Silva -- should the former middleweight kingpin reclaim his crown later this month in "Sin City" -- then he's going to have to have a little talk with aging prizefighter Roy Jones Jr., who has apparently called first dibs on a future "Spider" fight.
Why do you think he went through all the trouble of taking a tune-up fight in Russia?
Jones Jr. is scheduled to throw hands opposite Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf on Dec. 21, 2013 in Moscow, so that he can be ready for a Silva crossover collision if and when the Brazilian gets past Chris Weidman at the UFC 168 event on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"I want to be ready for Anderson Silva in case he beats [Chris] Weidman. Silva has made it clear that if he wins, he wants me next. I'm here for him. That's a fight that intrigues a lot of people, but I can't fight Anderson Silva coming off such a long layoff. So I needed to get a fight first. If it wasn't for Anderson Silva calling me out, I wouldn't be fighting this fight."
See the alleged "call out" here.
You'll notice the time stamp on that post is 2008, which should give you an idea of how long both sides have been yapping about this potential "super fight." Unfortunately, Silva was never in a position to abandon his post at 185 pounds and would likely be asked to complete a trilogy against Weidman should he reclaim his belt on fight night.
And if he loses (again), maybe he can finally strap on the boxing gloves and try his luck in the "sweet science," since Jones Jr. has just one knockout win in the last 10 years.
But does anyone still care?