UFC President Dana White said today that Vitor Belfort's desire to fight champ Jon Jones won him a title shot.
The desire of Chael Sonnen, who volunteered to save the ill-fated UFC 151, wasn't enough. White said the outspoken light-heavyweight didn't have enough time to prepare for UFC 152, and Belfort got the nod.
"People talk a lot of [expletive], but nobody's too excited to fight Jones right now," White said. "When it came time for them to get the title shot, they turned it down. Vi read news >>
Dana White was asked about Chael Sonnen, and the UFC president says the former top contender is currently 'laying low'.
At the UFC 175 post-fight press conference, Dana White was asked about Chael Sonnen, who was in a whirlwind of controversy following two more failed drug tests, including one for HGH and EPO. According to the UFC president, his former top contender is currently 'laying low' after everything.
"He's laying low. He's apologized, and he's going to live his life, and he's doing his read news >>
- 2 months ago
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UFC is putting all of its eggs in one Brazilian basket.
Actually, Vitor Belfort is Plan B, so if that fails, there is no fight.
That's according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White (video), who is still trying to pick up the pieces for light heavyweight middleweight company man Chael Sonnen. "The American Gangster" was left without an opponent after Wanderlei Silva decided to play hide-and-seek with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
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- 2 months ago
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UFC president Dana White discusses how Vitor Belfort ended up Chael Sonnen's opponent at UFC 175, why Jon Jones hasn't signed his contract for the Alexander Gustafsson rematch, a future event in Helsinki, his health, Ken Shamrock, Paul Daley, and much more during his media scrum in Berlin. read news >>
- 4 months ago
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UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort is getting anxious for his crack at championship gold, but he has a long road ahead of him before that happens, according to UFC President Dana White. At the UFC 172 post-fight media scrum, White explained that despite the fact that The Phenom was asking for Lyoto Machida's crack at Chris Weidman earlier in the week, the request is completely unrealistic since he's a long way from getting licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, per Guilherme Cru read news >>
- 4 months ago
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BALTIMORE, Md. -- The UFC middleweight division has arguably never been hotter and at UFC 172, Luke Rockhold turned in a strong performance, submitting Tim Boetsch in the first round of their bout with a kimura. As for what's next, Rockhold was unequivocal in his desire to earn a rematch with Vitor Belfort, after Belfort dispatched with the American in the first round in their May 2013 bout.
Unfortunately for Rockhold, it's not so clear when Belfort is going to be coming back to the Octagon.
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- 6 months ago
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UFC president Dana White on Saturday night confirmed that Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will fight on the UFC 173 fight card on May 24 in support of Weidman vs. Belfort. read news >>
UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort heard Dana White's explanation for why a rematch with Anderson Sillva might not happen, but he's not buying the logic for one second. read news >>
LAS VEGAS – UFC President Dana White said the promotion currently has no plans for Vitor Belfort's next fight, but it could include a title shot – and it could happen in Las Vegas. read news >>
UFC president Dana White on Saturday night announced the UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort gate and attendance. read news >>
- a year ago
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LAS VEGAS - Chael Sonnen isn't giving up on the possibility of fighting Jon Jones just yet.
According to UFC President Dana White, Sonnen is anticipating another
last-minute change to next week's UFC 152 event and is expecting to replace Vitor Belfort and
take his shot at Jones' light heavyweight belt.
"Chael Sonnen is in full training camp right now," White told
MMAjunkie.com. "He said, 'I'm in full camp right now because
Vitor will get hurt and pull out, and it will be Jones vs. Sonn read news >>