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Vitor Belfort eyes 'disrespectful' Luke Rockhold, believes Conor McGregor will be forgotten

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Vitor Belfort is back in the thick of things, thanks to a blistering first-round knockout victory over Dan Henderson at last Saturday night's (Nov. 7, 2015) UFC Fight Night 77 event on FOX Sports 1 in Brazil.

See the replay here.

Following his emphatic win over "Hendo," the aging Brazilian set his sights on the upper echelon on the 185-pound division, including No. 1 contender Luke Rockhold, who fights Chris Weidman for the "All American" strap next month in Las Vegas.

"There's a guy, Luke Rockhold, that keeps talking a lot," Belfort told the media at the UFC Fight Night 77 post-fight press conference (watch it here). "He's talking a lot, he's a talker. Disrespectful guy. Really good, talented, but I've got my eye on him."

After what happened here, I'm sure the feeling is still mutual.

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Speaking of disrespectful guys, "The Phenom" also had some (more) advice for UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor (via Combate), who spent the better part of his 2015 fight campaign running down reigning 145-pound kingpin and UFC 194 headliner Jose Aldo.

Translated by Bloody Elbow:

"Trash talkers always existed, since the Tank Abbott days. Conor is winning, but once he's not, his name will be forgotten. An athlete must be respected like 'Big Nog' was. He retired but he is in the history of the sport, because he's humble. MMA needs to be more sport and less entertainment. This is not WWE. We must remember that there are families and children watching. Conor McGregor goes over the line."

Less entertainment? Good luck with that one.

It will be interesting to see how the promotion moves forward with respect to finding an opponent for the "The Phenom." While he's likely a handful of wins away from another title shot, the middleweight division is teeming with several intriguing match ups.

Even some that are "absolutely" worth waiting for.

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