UFC middleweight contender and former light heavyweight titleholder Vitor Belfort recently stated that he wants to face the UFC 162 winner between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. His only loss in the middleweight division is to Silva, but he likely won’t be getting a rematch.
“The hard position that Vitor is in is when you talk about a rematch for him. (Silva) went out and kicks him in the face in the first 60 seconds for one of the most devastating knockouts of all time,” said UFC president Dana White following the UFC 162 pre-fight press conference on Thursday.
“So when you go back to Anderson Silva, who is in the twilight of his career, and you say to a guy like Anderson, what about Vitor? ‘I annihilated Vitor. I got other fights that I wanna fight.’ You talk about his legacy and his this and his that. Those are tough fights to make,” added White.
Belfort and Silva fought in the UFC 126 main event on Feb. 5, 2011. Silva delivered a front kick to Belfort’s face that knocked the challenger down. He finished with follow up strikes on the ground midway through the opening round.
“I’m not saying that Vitor couldn’t get the next shot, or couldn’t get a shot soon, but if you’re Anderson Silva… ‘I wanna fight (Georges St-Pierre) or Jon Jones or somebody different,’ said White. “You could make a better argument that Dan Henderson should get the next shot. He hasn’t looked impressive and he hasn’t won, but (Silva) didn’t beat him as bad as he did Vitor.”