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Vitor Belfort goes off on Dana White, Anderson Silva

Vitor Belfort goes off on Dana White, Anderson Silva

UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort can boast the resume of a deserving top contender with four straight finishes at 185 pounds and a reputation on par with any first ballot Hall of Famer. However, recent comments from UFC President Dana White have indicated Belfort won’t be getting a shot at the belt unless current champion Anderson Silva deems him to be a desirable opponent.

According to White, if Silva loses to Chris Weidman tonight at UFC 162, he’ll be offered an immediate rematch. If he wins, he’ll be looking at a bout with light heavyweight title-holder Jon Jones or boxing great Roy Jones Jr. but not Belfort based on having earned a quick knockout in their previous pairing.

Belfort caught wind of White’s comments and took to Twitter where he offered an angry response, calling into question Silva’s ability to pick opponents in comparison to his right to fight for the gold.

“I have proven myself over and over. It seems that Anderson wants to go on and do super-fights or whatever,” wrote Belfort. “How can he think of doing a super-fight right now when he has a contender of my caliber waiting to compete for the belt. I have no problem with super-fights, as long as they don’t tie up the belt from other great contenders who deserve a chance to accomplish the greatest moments of their career.”

“Nobody should be able to strip me of the dreams that God gave me and that I have worked so hard to achieve,” he exclaimed. “It doesn’t matter who is the champion or how many title defenses they have, they should fight who is the number 1 contender in the sport, and that person is me! I really can’t understand any reason why Anderson would refuse to fight me, unless he was scared that the result would be different this time.”

“Mind you, I have no personal beef against Anderson or any other fighter. I’m just talking about every fighter’s dream to win the belt – to fight for the world championship! That’s what this business is all about. If Chris Weidman can get a title shot just by defeating Mark Munoz, imagine how much I deserve this after devastating everyone they put in front of me, not to mention all that I have contributed to the history of the sport,” the former champion concluded. “I deserve more respect for what I have done, am still doing, and am about to do. Come on – they even say that it makes more sense for Silva to fight (Dan Henderson)??? What a joke! I trust that if Anderson keeps the belt on Saturday night or if Chris Weidman wins, they will accept the challenge to fight me next, because I earned the spot. Dana White, MAKE IT HAPPEN!”

“The Phenom” also cited the way Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos were both given title-shots one win removed from a one-sided loss. Neither Silva or White have responded yet, understandably preoccupied with this evening’s event.

The full statement from Belfort can be read below:

“It’s incredible how it seems as though Silva is the one picking his opponents. Think about this: Cain got knocked out in a devastating loss to ‘Cigano’, and after one fight he gets another title shot. Then after being massacred by Velasquez for 5 rounds, now ‘Cigano’ gets another chance for the title. In order for a rematch to take place, the champion must accept a challenge. Both Cigano and Velasquez accepted.”

“But I, on the other hand, crushed all the contenders that were put in front of me, and it seems that I have earned nothing, not even the respect I deserve for all I have done for the sport. My spot is the highest of any division contender in the UFC, and it is only logical and fair for me to be given a shot at the title. Why is it that I don’t have a title shot? Just because one time, Anderson happened to land a kick?! I can assure you that given a second chance, that would never happen again.”

“I have proven myself over and over. It seems that Anderson wants to go on and do super fights or whatever. How can he think of doing a super fight right now when he has a contender of my caliber waiting to compete for the belt. I have no problem with super fights, as long as they don’t tie up the belt from other great contenders who deserve a chance to accomplish the greatest moments of their career.”

“Nobody should be able to strip me of the dreams that God gave me and that I have worked so hard to achieve! It doesn’t matter who is the champion or how many title defenses they have, they should fight who is the number 1 contender in the sport, and that person is me! I really can’t understand any reason why Anderson would refuse to fight me, unless he was scared that the result would be different this time.”

“Mind you, I have no personal beef against Anderson or any other fighter. I’m just talking about every fighter’s dream to win the belt – to fight for the world championship! That’s what this business is all about. If Chris Weidman can get a title shot just by defeating Munoz, imagine how much I deserve this after devastating everyone they put in front of me, not to mention all that I have contributed to the history of the sport.”

“I deserve more respect for what I have done, am still doing, and am about to do. Come on – they even say that it makes more sense for Silva to fight Hendo??? What a joke! I trust that if Anderson keeps the belt on Saturday night or if Chris Weidman wins, they will accept the challenge to fight me next, because I earned the spot. Dana White, MAKE IT HAPPEN!”

2 COMMENTS
  • MickeyC says:

    I have mixed feelings about this situation. I would love to see Anderson/JB Jones or Anderson/GSP. I really have no interest in him fighting Roy Jones. It just dosent do anything for me. As an MMA fight its just a joke. I Guess I would have a lil interest as a pure boxing match. No short rounds, no 3 or 5 round nonsense. Vitor is in a tuff spot. Hes fighting $. Cause any one of the three fights mentioned will make more for the UFC than he will.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    “not to mention all that I have contributed to the history of the sport,” Didn’t he just release a statement saying that this argument doesn’t matter, and it’s all about what you do recently and not your past?

    On the note of his whole statement, I find I agree with him, Silva shouldn’t get to hold up the divison just because he wants a certain fight, a title holder should fight the #1 contender, no matter who it is. Also I have no desire to see Silva/GSP, but I would like to see Silva/Jones. I mean Bones Jones, not Roy Jones Jr.

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