Despite getting a knockout win over the No. 1 middleweight contender in the world, Vitor Belfort seems hell bent on getting a rematch with Jon Jones for his next fight.
Following his impressive head kick finish of Michael Bisping on Saturday night, over and over again Belfort continued to call for Chael Sonnen to be removed from his slot in the main event of UFC 159 so he could get another crack at Jones.
Belfort lost to Jones by submission at UFC 152 after taking the fight on short notice when the champion needed an opponent following an injury to Dan Henderson.
The former UFC champion echoed the same thing when speaking to Fuel TV well after his win over Bisping. Belfort has an agenda and he’s sticking to it.
“He’s a clown, get out, get out of the way. You just got knocked out pretty badly by Anderson Silva, then you fight Jon Jones? You don’t deserve it,” Belfort said addressing Chael Sonnen.
“Let me fight, real champion with real champion. You need to go back in line and let me fight the champ, the rematch.”
Luckily for Belfort, Chael Sonnen was in the Fuel TV studios doing commentary throughout the night, and his reaction was similar to most watching at home.
“I’m really confused as to what’s going on. I don’t know if he knows we’re not in the same weight class. I don’t know if he knows that he’s not the champion. I keep hearing him say ‘champion vs. champion’; he keeps saying to move out of the way. I would never tell somebody to move out of the way, but I would damn sure knock them out of the way,” said Sonnen.
“Vitor, that’s one thing that you’re not going to be able to do.”
Belfort may possibly know that he’s not going to get another shot at middleweight champion Anderson Silva, so his aim may have to go at a different target altogether, which could possibly explain his desire to face Jon Jones again.
UFC president Dana White has said recently that Anderson Silva’s goal is to face the biggest challenges possible, while also facing new challenges. Silva knocked Belfort out when they fought at UFC 126 in 2011, and doesn’t seem interested in a rematch with him any time soon.
Unless something dramatic happens, Belfort won’t get his wish. He’ll likely watch Jones vs. Sonnen at UFC 159 in April like everybody else.