UFC middleweight Constantinos Philippou wants a piece of Vitor Belfort -- just not in Brazil

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No home field advantage for Phenom? Phili-boo that man.

I think it's time for Vitor Belfort to accept the fact that he's not going to get a crack at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title, currently held hostage by Chris Weidman, while former division kingpin Anderson Silva negotiates its safe return at UFC 168.

That leaves him two options.

"The Phenom" can sit on the sidelines and feel sorry for himself until the 185-pound pecking order sorts itself out, or he can take another fight in the interim and basically do what Johny Hendricks did, and that's keep on winning until the promotion has no choice but to throw you into a title fight.

And Constantinos Philippou is looking to make UFC matchmaker Joe Silva's job a little easier.

"Belfort sounds good to me," said the Keith Trimble-trained striker. "NOT in Brazil!"

The Brazilian has come under fire from fans and media alike for his testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Not necessarily because he's undergoing the controversial treatment, like several other notable fighters on the ZUFFA roster, but because he's had the luxury of competing in his home country and away from the watchful eyes of stateside athletic commissions.

Belfort hasn't thrown hands in the Untied States since knocking out Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133 back in Aug. 2011.

"Costas" is 5-1 since his Octagon debut back in 2011 and coming off a technical knockout win over Tim Boetsch as part of the UFC 155 pay-per-view (PPV) event last December. He was booked to sling leather opposite Ronaldo Souza last May, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Now he's back ... but does he deserve a crack at Belfort?

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