MENU
#UFC Fight Night 83 #Saturday Night Fights #GGG #Luke Rockhold #David Branch #Golovkin vs. Canelo #HBO Boxing PPV - Golovkin vs. Canelo #Golovkin vs Canelo #UFC 215


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.

Galleries

Anderson Silva Fights

  • 7 months ago
  • 6421 views

Vitor Belfort Fights

  • a year ago
  • 1427 views

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Dana White and Jeff Novitzky to Address Jon Jones UFC Anti-Doping Violation at 10:45p ET | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 29 views

Dana White and Jeff Novitsky, the UFC's vice president of athlete health and performance, are holding a Jon Jones press conference, Tuesday at 10:45p ET. read news >>

Dana White and Jeff Novitzky: Jon Jones UFC Anti-Doping Violation Scrum (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 117 views

Dana White and Jeff Novitzky held an impromptu media scrum on Tuesday addressing the breaking news of Jon Jones testing positive for steroids. read news >>

A somber Dana White wonders if Jon Jones ever fights again after champ's failed UFC 214 drug test

  • 28 days ago
  • 94 views

“It’s brutal. It’s unbelievable,” Dana White said of Jon Jones’ failed drug test at UFC 214.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dana White's Contender Series 7 results: Joby Sanchez, Benito Lopez headed to UFC

  • 28 days ago
  • 7 views

Another two fighters are heading to the UFC courtesy of this summer’s inaugural run of Dana White’s Contender Series. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Dana White Says Jon Jones' Potential UFC 214 Drug Violation Might End His Career

  • 28 days ago
  • 67 views

UFC President Dana White has admitted Jon Jones' potential steroid violation before his UFC 214 win against Daniel Cormier may spell the end of his MMA career. The UFC confirmed in an official statem read news >>

Dana White doesn't rule out giving Conor McGregor a piece of the UFC

  • 27 days ago
  • 10 views

So high is UFC President Dana White on Conor McGregor he’s willing to entertain giving the Irishman an ownership stake in the company.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Dana White reveals plans for Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic at UFC 218 before failed drug test

  • 27 days ago
  • 50 views

UFC President Dana White said the plan was for Jon Jones to fight heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic at UFC 218 before Jones’ failed drug test.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dana White, Conor McGregor Discuss Possible Ownership Stake in the UFC | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 14 views

Last November following his stunning second round finish over Eddie Alvarez to become the first ever simultaneous two division champion in UFC history, Conor McGregor immediately turned his attention read news >>

Dana White Denies Floyd Mayweather's Claims of IV Use by Conor McGregor

  • 26 days ago
  • 15 views

UFC President Dana White is defending Conor McGregor after Floyd Mayweather Jr. said the mixed martial arts star needed to use IV bags to stay hydrated in preparation for Saturday's megafight. Speaki read news >>

Dana White Says Jon Jones Just Can't Get Out of His Own Way | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 238 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will have the opportunity to make a defense after he tested positive for steroids following his win over Daniel Cormier last month but the damage done publicl read news >>