vitor-belfort-20.jpgSince losing to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in 2011, Vitor Belfort has won four of five fights and recently scored violent knockouts of contenders Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold. But a rematch with the champ would be a hard sell, UFC President Dana White said.

More specifically, it’d be a hard sell to Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC), assuming he gets by top contender Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) on Saturday at UFC 162.

Belfort (23-10 MMA, 12-6 UFC), whose only recent loss came to light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones after the Brazilian moved up a weight class for a late-notice booking, has campaigned for a second shot at Silva. But when MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today asked White about the possibility, he sounded less than optimistic.

“He’s looked great, but the hard position that Vitor is in is when you talk about a rematch for him, it’s like, [Silva] kicked him in the face in the first 60 seconds in one of the most devestating knockouts of all-time,” he said. “So when you go back to Anderson Silva, who’s in the twilight of his career, and you say to a guy like Anderson, ‘Eh, what about Vitor?’ He’d say, ‘I annihilated Vitor. I made it look like Vitor isn’t even a fighter we should have been fighting.’”

Silva actually needed three minutes to finish that UFC 126 fight. However, after 90 seconds of inaction and then after eating a few punches, Silva unloaded a vicious front kick to the face that instantly sent Belfort to the canvas. White said that no matter what happens after a performance like that, it’s tough to book a rematch, especially when so many other options are available for a kingpin like Silva.

“Those are tough fights to make,” he said.

If Silva’s 16-fight UFC win streak comes to an end in Saturday’s pay-per-view headliner, he’ll get an immediate rematch with Weidman. If victorious, he could very well end up fighting light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones or maybe welterweight titleholder Georges St-Pierre. White hasn’t even closed the door on entertaining Silva’s latest request: a boxing bout with Roy Jones Jr. (The boxer, in fact, will be one of White’s guests at UFC 162, the executive said.)

Still, White doesn’t want to completely shoot down the possibility of Silva vs. Belfort II.

“I’m not saying that’s the case,” he said. “I’m not saying Vitor couldn’t get the next shot or couldn’t get a shot soon, but if you’re Anderson Silva, you’re like, ‘I’m looking for another challenge. I want to fight GSP. I want to fight Jon Jones or somebody different than Vitor Belfort.’

“You could make a better argument that Dan Henderson should get another shot.”

However it shakes out, White said he’s dreading the day when such discussions no longer happen. The 38-year-old Silva has only so many fights left, so regardless of whom he fights, we should appreciate the performances, White said.

“That day that comes when that man says he’s going to retire, it’s going to suck,” he said. “It’s literally like when Michael Jordan went away in basketball. … You took it for granted right up until the time he left. I think it’s going to be the same way with Anderson.”

For the latest on UFC 162, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Vitor Belfort)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Is Ronda Rousey Pregnant? Dana White Squashes the Rumor

  • 28 days ago
  • 23 views

UFC president Dana White's job is never ending and never the same. Thursday night, he spent his time squashing a Ronda Rousey pregnancy rumor. read news >>

Dana White Video: UFC Sale ‘Kind of Bugged Me Out a Little Bit’

  • 28 days ago
  • 92 views

The sale of the company he helped build, has UFC president Dana White "kind of bugged out." read news >>

Video: Dana White Gives His Immediate Reaction, Breaks Down UFC 201

  • 26 days ago
  • 314 views

Dana White gave his immediate reaction to UFC 201, a card that saw Tyron Woodley take out Robbie Lawler in the first round to win the 170-pound title. read news >>

Dana White 'Would Love' Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz in Poland

  • 26 days ago
  • 16 views

Karolina Kowalkiewicz all but assured her title shot with a split-decision victory over Rose Namajunas at UFC 201. Kowalkiewicz entered as the No. 5-ranked strawweight with Namajunas holding the No. read news >>

VIDEO: Luke Rockhold Believes an Anderson Silva Beatdown Puts Him Back at the Top

  • 24 days ago
  • 125 views

Luke Rockhold wants to get the UFC middleweight belt back, and he believes that a beatdown of Anderson Silva would put him right back in the thick of things. read news >>

Holly Holm Injury: Updates on UFC Star's Recovery from Thumb Surgery

  • 23 days ago
  • 57 views

Nearly two weeks after losing to Valentina Shevchenko by unanimous decision, former UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm had to undergo surgery to repair a thumb injury. Continue for updates. read news >>

Devin Powell Intends to Impress Dana White, Who is Looking for a Fight

  • 21 days ago
  • 45 views

Devin Powell won't say Friday night's NEF fight is now or never, but knows he needs to impress UFC president Dana White, who will be in the audience. read news >>

Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight Picked Up by Netflix

  • 18 days ago
  • 38 views

Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight was originally available on UFC Fight Pass and YouTube, but will soon be available on Netflix to its 83 million subscribers. read news >>

VIDEO: What’s Ronda Rousey Doing While Not Fighting? Letting Her Inner Model Out

  • 16 days ago
  • 122 views

Ronda Rousey hasn't fought since losing the UFC women's bantamweight championship to Holly Holm last November. So what has she been up to? read news >>

Conor McGregor was Happy for Jose Aldo’s Victory, but Undecided if He’s Next (UFC 202 Video)

  • 15 days ago
  • 66 views

Dana White has said that, win or lose, featherweight champion Conor McGregor is going to defend his belt next. McGregor, however, isn't nearly as certain. read news >>