Fresh off his unanimous decision victory over Fabio Negao at Affliction: Banned, former Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland already has designs on his next opponent.
“I would love to fight (Vitor) Belfort,” Lindland is quoted as saying by Gary Herman of CBSSports.com. “He’s a legend in the sport. I respect him a lot. To get in the ring with a guy like him would be great.”
Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, won his first bout at middleweight during the undercard portion of “Banned” this past Saturday. Fighting against Terry Martin in a bout televised on Fox Sports Net, the native Brazilian knocked out Martin at 3:12 of round 2.
It was not only Belfort’s first bout at 185 pounds, it was also his first bout in the U.S. since being suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. The positive test came after his loss to Dan Henderson at PRIDE 32 in October of 2006.
If a bout with Belfort doesn’t come to fruition, Lindland has alternative ideas about his next opponent.
“I’d like to avenge the losses against Murilo Bustamante and David Terrell,” Lindland said.
Bustamante handed Lindland his first career loss in 2002 at UFC 37 and Terrell knocked Lindland out in the first round at UFC 49 in 2004.