I’ve heard plenty of UFC fighters challenge other fighters over the years. However, this is the first time I can ever recall a UFC fighter claim that a challenge heard on national television was a misunderstanding.
Vitor Belfort is full of surprises. He surprised the MMA community when he recently challenged Chael Sonnen. Unfortunately the fight isn’t happening and you may be surprised when you find out why.
Some expected Belfort to use his win over Bisping as an argument for a championship rematch with Anderson Silva. Think again. Instead, Belfort issued challenges to guys that aren’t even his division.
“Take that punk Chael Sonnen…get him out. Dana, Lorenzo, kick him out. Let me fight Jon Jones. I need that rematch. Take that clown away. Go home…You did a reality show. Go home. Let me fight the real champion. Champion against champion, not that clown.”
“Sonnen is a clown. Get out. Get out of the way. He just got knocked out pretty bad by Anderson Silva then he fights Jon Jones. He doesn’t deserve the reality show. Let me fight—real champion versus real champion. I know he’s a good athlete, but he needs to go to the back of the line. Let me fight the rematch.”
Chael immediately accepted the fight on the post-fight show. “Let be really clear and speak directly to you, Vitor. You’ve been telling the world you want to meet Jesus, and I’ll gladly arrange that travel. But first, I’m going to get rid of Jon Jones, but you are next.”
“Let me be clear,” Sonnen continued. “Vitor, I accept, but don’t make any mistake about that. You’ve called me out twice now. Once after I signed a contract to fight Anderson, and once when you know I was busy with Jon Jones, but I’m letting you know I accept.”
Vitor responded with a tweet that would lead you to believe that we were at the start of a good old fashioned MMA grudge match.
“@sonnench You don’t have the power to send me to Jesus, buy I can provide you with an early encounter with Satan!” – @VitorBelfort
Unfortunately it would appear as of today that Belfort is not any closer to getting a fighter with either Jon Jones or Chael Sonnen than he was last week. Jones simply brushed off the challenge with an “LOL” on Twitter. Sonnen on the hand immediately accepted Belfort’s challenge and in the biggest surprise of all, Belfort turned down the fight.
Sonnen broke the news in an interview this week. According to Sonnen, the challenge everyone heard was well, misinterpreted.
“I thought he challenged me,” Sonnen wrote on a UFC.com live chat. “Which I quickly accepted. Then his people reached out to me and said I simply [misunderstood], that he simply wants the fight that I have, that he does not wish to fight me.”
So there you have it? Not only was Vitor’s post-fight challenge a shocker, his follow up is even more shocking. According to Chael, Vitor is running scared or at least it would appear that way. Why? I have no idea.
I guess sixteen years of getting punched in the face will do that to a man.