It looks like a rematch between rivals Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva may not be a lock after all. The two talented middleweights were expected to fight at UFC 147 before Belfort suffered a broken hand while training for the bout. While UFC officials pointed to the possibility of the two meeting in October when the organization returns to Brazil, Belfort is no longer interested in facing “The Axe Murderer” based on Silva’s loss to Rich Franklin last weekend.
Instead, Belfort has set his sights on Michael Bisping who is also coming off a loss but in far more controversial fashion, dropping a decision to Chael Sonnen many felt he actually deserved the nod in.
“I guess Wanderlei will be able to fight in October but I only want that my next bout accredits me to dispute the belt,” explained Belfort in an interview with Fighters Only Magazine. “I don’t know, maybe Michael Bisping. I was only defeated once recently, by Anderson Silva, and all my wins were very convincing.”
Belfort picked up a pair of opening round finishes against Yoshihiro Akiyama and Anthony Johnson in his appearances after falling to the 185-pound champion more than a year ago. Whether or not he receives an opportunity to make Bisping his third victim remains to be seen. Regardless, “The Phenom” is happy to wait and see what his employers come up with rather than hold out for a particular pairing.
“How can anybody choose their fight? Obviously some managers force things for their athletes…but I want to make a fight that interests the public. I already am in the end of my career, so I want to do one more fight and go for the belt,” explained the 35-year old Belfort. “I don’t know how long I will stay in this division. I wanted to do two or three more fights. If my body will no longer permit this big weight cutting, I will go up (to light heavyweight). I am not afraid of Jon Jones or somebody else. It’s not for me to choose my opponents.”
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