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Dana White: “Vitor Belfort is his own matchmaker, apparently.”

Dana White: “Vitor Belfort is his own matchmaker, apparently.”

With UFC President Dana White recently confirming the organization was attempting to book Vitor Belfort against Lyoto Machida, it appeared as though “The Phenom” was likely to have his next fight lined up. However, as fans have learned lately, Belfort has become somewhat picky when it comes to who he’ll be colliding with inside the Octagon, and it looks like he may not be too keen on the clash.

“I wanted Machida to fight Vitor Belfort, but Vitor Belfort is his own matchmaker, apparently. He wants to make his own fights,” said White in a Q&A with fans in Boston for UFC Fight Night 26.

MMAJunkie was on the scene and able to capture the conversation.

With Belfort apparently dismissing the idea of meeting Machida, White said he has another hard to please pugilist in mind – Nick Diaz.

“I talked to Diaz today, and I made him an offer, so we’ll see what happens. He had been talking about going to 185 pounds. Machida has been talking about going to 185 pounds. So we wanted to see if he wanted to fight Machida at 185,” revealed White with a chuckle.

White concluded by saying he was still waiting to hear back from Diaz’s camp.

The 26-9-1 Diaz has been “retired” since a March loss to welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, though he has stated he would consider a return to the ring if the opponent interested him.

8 COMMENTS
  • darth_irritable says:

    I am increasingly beginning to dislike Mr Belfort. His self-righteousness, blissful ignorance of the issues presented by his TRT, and overall pomposity is now completely out of control.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Id rather see vitor choose his fights take trt and give us fans ko s instead of watching sonnes get title fights and main events on trt and not be very entertaining except his mouth.

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  • joe mo mma says:

    Wow. a Diaz vs Machida match would be really weird. It’d be like a grown man fighting a child, physically and mentally haha.

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  • Screenplaya says:

    Just give Vitor a title shot. Just do it and stop all the back and forth whining. Hopefully he wins and then Belfort/Silva II can happen.

    Diaz/Machida? MAKE THAT HAPPEN. I love watching Nick fight, PLUS he will be non-stop talking throughout the fight, and begging Machida to engage. It will be a wonderful scrap, or a hilarious debacle, and I want to see it either way.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Diaz/Vitor would be spectacular.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Tim Kennedy says he wants Machida if Diaz/Belfort don’t.

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  • MCM says:

    For all the bitching and crying Diaz did after the Condit fight, does anyone really think he wants Machida?!? That sounds like the absolute worst match up for him on the entire UFC roster.

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  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Vitor in his new physical state is the poster child for why TRT gives athletes a second life in their said careers-I had my cousin and younger brother over for his last fight agianst Rockhold and they both thought that he was either on meth or some sort of steroids before the match even started-I dont care what anybody says- he is juicing to his gills-veins popping all out and ish-its not like this is anything new-at age nineteen he was juiced out of his noggin-addictions a bitch

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