Vitor Belfort Believes He’s a Better Fit to Fight Jon Jones Than Chael Sonnen (Video)

September 12, 2012
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Vitor Belfort at UFC 126There has been a whirlwind of speculation, blame and condemnation since UFC 151 was cancelled a couple weeks ago.

A lot of the flack on the social media scene has been aimed at Jon Jones for declining a short-notice fight with Chael Sonnen, but running a close second is a flurry of talk about who really deserves to get a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title.

When it comes down to the situation that the UFC finds itself in now, in need of an opponent for its 205-pound champion, little time, and few fighters willing to take the bout on short-notice, it’s almost a case of beggars can’t be choosers.

But when it comes down to the handful of fighters willing to take the fight on the UFC’s timeline – none of which were immediate contenders – the situation now becomes more a case of what is the best fit for the circumstances.

At least that’s the way that Vitor Belfort, who will step up to fight Jon Jones in the UFC 152 main event on Sept. 22, sees it.

“Not that I deserve (a title shot),” Belfort said while a guest on Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight. “I have history on UFC. I been a champion in the light heavyweight division and my scenario, my case, that’s what I think. I think the event should continue.

“It doesn’t matter Chael Sonnen or whatever, but I think it’s a better fit. Jon Jones and Belfort makes sense because the way (Sonnen) got beat by (Anderson) Silva his last fight, he doesn’t deserve to go for a title shot.”

For his part, Belfort is now three fights removed from his own defeat at the foot of Silva. Belfort bounced back with finishes over Yoshihiro Akiyama and Anthony Johnson, and appeared back on track for a return to Silva, but when the opportunity to fight Jones came up, the old-school phenom couldn’t pass up the challenge of his new school counterpart.

Check out Vitor Belfort’s comments on accepting the fight in place of Sonnen from his recent stint on UFC Tonight…

  • demetriousgonzalz

    win or lose you’ll always be a true champion and the best role model how can u not respect this man vitor is a real class act

  • markronin

    I don’t know the man personally, but he’s boring as hell. His childish ramblings get old, fast.

    Just because someone claims their Christian doesn’t mean anything. In fact from experience it’s the opposite, those who brag about their religion are often the most corrupt of them all. Actions define a person more than words.

    • demetriousgonzalz

      wtf are u talking about stfu you sound childish go kill yourself

      • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

        Good come back? lol … on another Note, Vitor is a better match up only b/c Sonnen just lost to Silva and Vitor has been on a roll and is such a dangerous fight for anyone. I’ve always been a fan of his, and yea he is a nice guy, he’s a competitor like anyone else so of course he’ll make comments. The only thing I found ironic was he somewhat insulted Chael on he was beat by Silva but he got kicked straight in the face by Silva in an epic highlight reel knockout. I’m just saying.

    • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

      Your username looks really familiar? Are you a sports writer?

  • MuayThaiFood

    Maybe your ramblings would sound childish if you tried to speak them in Portuguese.