The headline at MMAJUNKIE quotes Vitor Belfort as saying ‘I deserve the Silva-Weidman winner’. Of course, Belfort is referring to the upcoming UFC 162 main event between Champion Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. Belfort is 9-2 in his last 11 fights, with the only losses coming to UFC titleholders Jon Jones and Anderson Silva. At 36, Belfort has been hearing that he is done for years now, but with two highlight KO’s destroying young contenders Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping, Belfort is readying himself for one more run.
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There is a rising sentiment among segments of the MMA world that Wiedman could be the guy to end Anderson Silva’s run at the top, so much so that the line for that fight is the closest we have seen for an Anderson Silva fight in years.
Maybe even Belfort is thinking that Silva’s time is up, because he can’t seriously want to face Silva again. Belfort probably doesn’t want to face a fellow countryman, and one who is superior at mind games and sure to make Belfort look bad.
But in taking out some of the top of the food chain middleweights in Bisping and Rockhold, a match up with Chris Weidman would be right up his alley. Weidman is going to have his wrstling, just like Rockhold did, but Belfort must see good solid athletes who have been using their hands for the first time in their careers and fallen in love with the stand up game.
To Belfort’s credit, and why he deserves to be the next guy up for a title shot, he has gone from a KO artist with explosive hands to becoming a striker with a powerful and diversified attack. Belfort must look at these wrestlers hands and think ‘brinquadeira’ in Portugeuse.
Belfort if he gets properly motivated is still dangerous to anyone. He is a former Lightheavyweight UFC champion, and ading a title in another weight class would help increase ‘The Phenom’s legacy. In the late 90′s when he made his debut using the last name Gracie, more was expected of him than he has accomplished, so as he ages he is still chasing a legacy.