Vitor Belfort at UFC 126Vitor Belfort began campaigning for a shot at the winner of the UFC 162 main event championship battle between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman well before Weidman pulled off the upset on July 6 in Las Vegas.

He’s been tweeting. He’s been texting UFC president Dana White. He’s been pleading his case to anyone and everyone that would listen.

And after Weidman won, he stepped up his lobbying efforts.

[email protected] Congratulations, you are the new champion,” he tweeted immediately after the fight. “Next challenger is me!”

Belfort lost to Anderson Silva at UFC 126 in August of 2011, but has been stellar ever since, save for an unexpected shot at UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, whom he nearly upset via armbar at UFC 152.

Outside of the losses to Silva and Jones, Belfort hasn’t lost to another fighter since Dan Henderson in 2006. In his two fights since losing to Jones, he knocked out Michael Bisping and outgoing Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold, two of the top middleweight contenders.

White, however, on Saturday announced that Silva and Weidman had signed bout agreements to meet in a rematch at UFC 168 on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas.

Even before that, the company president was steadfast that Belfort was going to have to wait for another shot at the belt.

“Anderson Silva has gone undefeated since 2006. He’s beat everybody and held the title. He deserved the rematch before he even fought (Weidman),” explained White following the UFC 162 post-fight press conference.

“Vitor is just gonna have to wait. He’s not getting the rematch,” he continued.

“He can text, he can tweet, he can write (expletive) letters, he can call his congressman. He can do whatever he wants to do; he’s gonna have to wait. Anderson Silva is getting the rematch.”

And so it came to fruition on Saturday when White announced the rematch, and Anderson Silva put out a message of his own confirming the fight, saying, “I back, trust me, I back.”

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Can Luke Rockhold Be Anderson Silva's True Successor as Middleweight Kingpin?

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

Since losing his UFC debut to Vitor Belfort in May 2013, Luke Rockhold has been on a devastating run. He has finished all five of his opponents, three by submission and two with strikes, and only one read news >>

Dana White Talks About Problems in Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz Negotiations

  • 26 days ago
  • 530 views

UFC President Dana White has had some problems negotiating recently with two of the UFC's biggest fighters. UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, perhaps the most famous fighter in MMA today, se read news >>

Nick Barnes Ready to Make a Splash at RFA 38 in Front of UFC President Dana White

  • 25 days ago
  • 5 views

Nick Barnes tends to rise to the occasion. That's something he intends to do with UFC president Dana White in attendance at RFA 38 on Friday night. read news >>

VIDEO: UFC President Dana White Weighs in on the Passing of Muhammad Ali

  • 25 days ago
  • 156 views

Following the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali on Friday, UFC president Dana White talked about the man that changed the face of combat sports. read news >>

Watch Nate Diaz Hit Dana White with the ‘Stockton Slap’

  • 24 days ago
  • 28 views

Well, looks like Dana White and Nate Diaz are getting along. So much that Dana's letting Nate smack that hell out of him. read news >>

Dana White Gets 'Hit' with the 'Stockton Slap' from Nate Diaz in Video

  • 24 days ago
  • 20 views

Nate Diaz is closer to stepping back inside the Octagon, and part of getting the deal done appears to be slapping Dana White. Warning: Video contains NSFW lyrics. Diaz posted the video to Instagram o read news >>

UFC 199 Results: Winners, Scorecards from Rockhold vs. Bisping 2 Card

  • 24 days ago
  • 18 views

On an evening when the UFC announced Brock Lesnar's return and the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, Michael Bisping made the final statement. To pay homage to the late Muhammad Ali, Bisp read news >>

HOT TWEETS: UFC Fighters React to Michael Bisping Winning 185-Pound Title

  • 24 days ago
  • 41 views

It almost seems unreal that Michael Bisping is a UFC champ, and that's basically the tone Twitter had following his upset win over Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. read news >>

UFC 199 rewind: What you got right & wrong

  • 24 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC 199 saw many plot twists with betting underdog Michael Bisping winning in the main event and favorite Dominick Cruz scoring the victory in the co-main. Here's a look at the numbers and what you g read news >>

If Max Holloway Doesn’t Get a Title Shot, He’ll Just Keep Winning Fights (UFC 199 Video)

  • 23 days ago
  • 22 views

Max Holloway doesn't know what's next for him or if a UFC featherweight title shot is in his near future, even after decisively defeating Ricardo Lamas at UFC 199. read news >>