UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort got some bad news this week courtesy of company head Dana White. Though Belfort is easily the top contender on paper, it doesn’t look like he’ll be getting a title-shot regardless of the outcome in this weekend’s title-fight between champion Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman.
White has already said Silva will be offered an immediate rematch with Weidman if he suffers his first career stumble inside the Octagon, and now the UFC President has gone on record as saying Silva wasn’t likely to jump at a rematch with Belfort either if victorious.
“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 devastating knockouts of all-time,” explained White in an interview with MMAJunkie. “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.'”
“I’m not saying that’s the case. 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 Georges St-Pierre. I want to fight Jon Jones or somebody different than Vitor Belfort,'” he concluded. “You could make a better argument that Dan Henderson should get another shot.”
Silva and Belfort battled in February 2011 with “The Spider” laying him out with a front kick to the face. The finish was the first of a four-fight knockout streak Silva is currently on.