Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Vitor Belfort is not happy about UFC President Dana White's recent comments that it is unlikely "The Phenom" will get a rematch with Anderson Silva anytime soon -- if ever.
Belfort has spent the first half of 2013 knocking off top contenders left and right in a devastating fashion and is currently ranked as the No. 1 contender at 185-pounds; however, White claims the UFC brass has no interest in setting up a rematch with "The Spider."
"So when you go back to Anderson Silva, who is in the twilight of his career, and you say to a guy like Anderson, what about Vitor?" White said on Thursday (July 4, 2013) ‘I annihilated Vitor. I got other fights that I wanna fight.' You talk about his legacy and his this and his that. Those are tough fights to make.
"I'm not saying that Vitor couldn't get the next shot, or couldn't get a shot soon, but if you're Anderson Silva... ‘I wanna fight (Georges St. Pierre) or Jon Jones or somebody different.' You could make a better argument that Dan Henderson should get the next shot. He hasn't looked impressive and he hasn't won, but (Silva) didn't beat him as bad as he did Vitor."
Despite the fact Belfort was knocked out by a Silva front kick just three minutes and 25 seconds into their meeting at UFC 126 in Feb. 2011, what Belfort has done since then has been nothing short of remarkable.
Head kick knockouts of Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold as well as a very valiant performance against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones proves that Belfort is as good as he's ever been, and the Brazilian is utterly perplexed as to why he shouldn't get a chance to fight the winner of this Saturday's (July 6, 2013) UFC 162 main event between Silva and Chris Weidman.
The 36-year-old took to Twitter on Friday (July 5, 2013) to release a longwinded statement with his thoughts on the entire situation and White's most recent comments.
"It's incredible how it seems as though Silva is the one picking his opponents. Think about this: Cain got knocked out in a devastating loss to Cigano, and after one fight he gets another title shot. Then after being massacred by Velasquez for 5 rounds, now Cigano gets another chance for the title. In order for a rematch to take place, the champion must accept a challenge. Both Cigano and Velasquez accepted. But I, on the other hand, crushed all the contenders that were put in front of me, and it seems that I have earned nothing, not even the respect I deserve for all I have done for the sport. My spot is the highest of any division contender in the UFC, and it is only logical and fair for me to be given a shot at the title. Why is it that I don't have a title shot? Just because one time, Anderson happened to land a kick?! I can assure you that given a second chance, that would never happen again. I have proven myself over and over. It seems that Anderson wants to go on and do super fights or whatever. How can he think of doing a super fight right now when he has a contender of my caliber waiting to compete for the belt. I have no problem with super fights, as long as they don't tie up the belt from other great contenders who deserve a chance to accomplish the greatest moments of their career. Nobody should be able to strip me of the dreams that God gave me and that I have worked so hard to achieve! It doesn't matter who is the champion or how many title defenses they have, they should fight who is the number 1 contender in the sport, and that person is me! I really can't understand any reason why Anderson would refuse to fight me, unless he was scared that the result would be different this time. Mind you, I have no personal beef against Anderson or any other fighter. I'm just talking about every fighter's dream to win the belt - to fight for the world championship! That's what this business is all about. If Chris Weidman can get a title shot just by defeating Munoz, imagine how much I deserve this after devastating everyone they put in front of me, not to mention all that I have contributed to the history of the sport. I deserve more respect for what I have done, am still doing, and am about to do. Come on - they even say that it makes more sense for Silva to fight Hendo??? What a joke! I trust that if Anderson keeps the belt on Saturday night or if Chris Weidman wins, they will accept the challenge to fight me next, because I earned the spot. Dana White, MAKE IT HAPPEN!"
It's clear Belfort is very passionate about fighting the winner of Silva vs. Weidman for the 185-pound title, but it's difficult to determine whether or not his argument will change anything.
If Weidman pulls of the upset and dethrones Silva, there is no chance of Belfort getting the next shot as the UFC has already confirmed Silva will get an immediate rematch.
On the flip side, if Silva were to win, it's possible that Belfort could slide into the No. 1 contenders spot with some convincing; however, it seems "The Spider" has other goals in mind such as chasing a super fight with either Georges St. Pierre or Jon Jones.
While Belfort is on a hot-streak and plenty of fans would like to see him mix it up for a world championship again, it's entirely possible his most recent comments will fall on deaf ears.
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