Explosive UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort may be less than a week removed from withdrawing from a bout at UFC 139 due to injury but he’s already got a date and opponent in mind for his eventual return to the ring.
With his medical issue only expected to push his readiness back a month, Belfort recently expressed his desire to fight at UFC 141 on December 30 against the winner of Chael Sonnen’s scrap with Brian Stann in early October at UFC 136.
“I hope Chael wins. I really want to fight him,” Belfort said in a conversation with MMAJunkie. “I think the winner of that fight, me and Chael, we’d be (in line) to fight for the title. His fighting always (goes) to a decision. He’s a boring fighter, but I’ll make sure that fight will end up quick, and I’ll give him a fight he’s never had in his life.”
“He’s the type of fighter who can sell with his mouth,” Belfort elaborated. “He cannot sell with his performance. He’s a great wrestler, and he’s a great fighter, but he’s not exciting. … He doesn’t bring the heat.”
However, while he may be pulling for Sonnen in order to settle their personal differences, “The Phenom” also isn’t opposed to mixing it up with Stann.
“If Stann beats Sonnen, he’s in line. I think Stann is a great fighter, a great person, a great athlete, a great man. He’s sells fights with his fists, with his technique and his performance. Stann is a great fighter.”
Belfort also spoke in the interview about his intention to continue competing for another 4-5 years and how being 100% health-wise is crucial to him at this stage in his career.
The 34-year old Brazilian holds an overall record of 20-9 with two-thirds of his wins coming as the result of a strike-based stoppage. He has won six of his last seven fights, the only exception being a defeat to middleweight champ Anderson Silva, and is coming off a devastating knockout of Yoshihiro Akiyama last month at UFC 133.
UFC 141 is set to be headlined by former heavyweight title-holders doing battle in the form of Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem and will also feature perennial 170-pound contender Jon Fitch facing decorated amateur wrestler Johny Hendricks.
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