Could Vitor Belfort Make a UFC Return… Against Anderson Silva?

Vitor Belfort is currently under contract with Affliction Entertainment, scheduled to compete on the promotion’s third effort, Trilogy, on Aug. 1 in Anaheim, Calif. He will face current Sengoku middleweight champion Jorge Santiago on the pay-per-view portion of the fight card.

But could he end up back in his old stomping grounds, the UFC… facing current UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, no less?

Stranger things have happened.

UFC president Dana White on Saturday night — during The Ultimate Fighter Finale telecast — more than alluded to the possibility of a return of “The Phenom.”

“I know (Anderson) wants to stay at 185 pounds. So, while he’s fighting Forrest (at 205 pounds in August), I’m working right now on some other 185-pounders,” stated the UFC big-wig.

And just who might he be working on… well, he at least has his eyes on?

“Vitor Belfort. Vitor is a former heavyweight, moved down to 205, now at 185. He’s got great hands, great on the ground. If his head is right, he’s a dangerous, dangerous guy. I think that’d be a great match-up,” said White.

Would it be no surprise that he might want Belfort back, especially after he destroyed Matt Lindland — a fighter that White isn’t exactly fond of — at Affliction’s sophomore effort in January?

And more than that, could Belfort actually be “the bad match-up” for Silva? Could he be the one to dethrone the king?