The UFC has lost its biggest grudge fight of the year. Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen is off but fear not Brazilians. A new Brazilian hero has stepped up to fight Sonnen and his name is Vitor Belfort.
News broke early Wednesday evening that Wanderlei Silva had not shown up to get licensed to fight Sonnen on July 5. According to a report, Silva no-showed the procedure and left the Nevada State Athletic Commission hanging. It didn’t take long for the UFC to step into action and sign a new fight.
The UFC released the following statement to the media. “Due to issues related to Wanderlei Silva’s licensing in the state of Nevada, the UFC was forced to seek a replacement opponent to face Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on Saturday, July 5 in Las Vegas. Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort has accepted the fight with Sonnen, subject to Belfort ..click here to read more
Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva
Vitor Belfort is not happy with Anderson Silva, Dana White, and the UFC. A day after White told reporters that giving Belfort a second crack at Silva is difficult, Belfort took to Twitter to vent his frustrations and call out the world champion.
Vitor Belfort has turned into arguably the most polarizing fighter in 2013 within the UFC. Controversy withstanding Belfort has rolled through the middleweight division’s top contenders like nobody has in recent years. Even with those successive and descive wins Belfort still appears no closer to getting a rematch with Silva according to the UFC president.
White was asked about a rematch between Silva and arguably the number one contender this past week and according to White, convincing Silva to give Belfort a rematch is almost darn near impossibe.
“He’s looked great, but the hard position that Vitor is in is when you talk about a rematch for him, ..click here to read more
UFC on FX 8 is in the history books and last night’s event provided some very entertaining scraps, some controversial decisions and some excellent finishes in the final fights. Before getting into my post-fight analysis of this card, including what’s next for the winners of each bout, I’m going to make a slight complaint to the UFC.
I rarely complain about matchmaking or what fights make the televised portion of cards, especially cards that are on free television, but what the hell was the opening bout between Rafael Natal and late-replacement Joao Zeferino doing on the main card? In Natal you have a grinding, plodding fighter who isn’t really known for doing much of anything exciting, unless he’s on the receiving end of a knockout, versus a late-replacement fighter who is making his UFC debut and is likely to gas horribly after taking the bout on only a week’s no tice. ..click here to read more
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Vitor Belfort is without a doubt a multi-dimensional UFC personality. Only Vitor can thank God for his strength and ask a rabid Brazilian fan base to beat up a reporter that dares ask him about TRT in one press conference.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort may be in the middle of one of the greatest comebacks in UFC history but we all know about the pink elephant in the room, TRT. Belfort is not only blind to the elephant but is willing to assault anyone that has the gall to ask him about it. Threatening physical harm on a reporter for asking the question probably isn’t the smartest way to quell criticism over his TRT exemption.
I have to admit that I have mixed feelings when it comes to Belfort’s TRT. I agree with many that the whole thing just seems kind of dirty. A guy who has a better ..click here to read more
The UFC has taken a few weeks off to catch our breath after UFC 159. That all ends this weekend as the UFC returns to the land of free television airwaves and to the land of Brazil for UFC on FX 8. In the main event of the evening the final Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold looks to move immediately into contention for the UFC Middleweight title as he battles Vitor Belfort in a Middleweight bout. The co-main event features former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza making his UFC debut against Chris Camozzi; himself a late replacement for injured Costa Philippou. Other main card action features a potential Fight of the Year candidate between always exciting Lightweight bangers Evan Dunham and Rafael dos Anjos.
Preliminary Card (Facebook): Lightweight Bout: Lucas Martins vs. Jeremy Larsen
Lucas “Mineiro” Martins is a 24-year-old fighter from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Martins is getting a second chance in ..click here to read more
Luke Rockhold, UFC on FX 8, Vitor Belfort
As the UFC schedule continues to roll along at breakneck speeds, MMA fans should be gearing up for an action-packed Spring-Early summer schedule as the world’s leading promotion has a number of events scheduled over the next few months. In this blog we’ll take a look at a schedule of the upcoming cards and highlight the fighters and fights to watch out for. Before we get started, I should point out the usual UFC disclaimer that all fight cards are scheduled to change, and if the past is any indication, there could be a number of these cards shuffled, main events scrapped or changed as fighters become injured.
Event: UFC on Fox 7: Henderson vs. Melendez
Date: April 20, 2013
Venue: HP Pavilion in San Jose, California
The first stop on our preview takes us to the Sunshine State of California where Benson Henderson will once again defend his UFC Lightweight title on free ..click here to read more
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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.
Belfort recently racked up his second middleweight win in a row at UFC on FX 7 at the expense of Michael Bisping. Ironically it was Belfort’s post-fight interview that wound up making headlines that night and not his brutal KO win.
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 ..click here to read more
Chael Sonnen, Jon Jones, UFC on FX 7, Vitor Belfort
Last weekend was a very big day for the world of MMA. Despite the best of intentions for the final Strikeforce card last Saturday a rash of injuries, politics and bad luck the card wasn’t what was initially planned as a big sendoff for the promotion. Despite that the card was fairly entertaining. Despite that however, the ratings were absolutely terrible, drawing a mere 310,000 viewers for the event on Showtime. But, as always the runaway locomotive that is the UFC will continue to roll on this weekend.
The UFC returns to the birthplace of MMA for UFC on FX 7, as they host yet another event in Brazil. The event airs on FX from the Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The main event features loud-mouthed British fighter Michael Bisping takes on Brazil’s own Vitor Belfort for a shot at the Middleweight title. Brazilian’s are featured in all of the ..click here to read more
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The fast track to receiving a UFC light heavyweight championship is now clear. The less you fight in the division, the better chance you have of being named number one contender.
2012 was a game changing year in the UFC. It was the first year that the UFC made it perfectly clear that they more interested in business than sport. How else would you explain a sport where the champion is defending his title against two guys that haven’t won fights in his division in years, and set to fight another that has never fought a fight in his entire career at light heavyweight?
Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier has signed his UFC contract and after fulfilling his last obligation to Strikeforce, will step inside the UFC octagon. This is a move that was widely expected for months. What wasn’t expected is that Cormier could be coming to the UFC ..click here to read more
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Happy Holidays, CamelClutchBlog faithful. I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed whatever holiday they may or may not have celebrated this year. I don’t think there is a politically incorrect way (and if there is, please tell me) for me to address the arrival of 2013 so I’d like to start by wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year.
Speaking of healthy, I think we’d all like to wish a healthier 2013 for so many fighters who’ve been injured. Yes, there is the purely selfish part of all of us who wants them healthier so they can entertain through this sport we love so much, but they obviously suffer from the lack of a paycheck. Is GSP’s “Camp For Only One Fighter Like In Boxing” approach the answer, as Dana White recently mentioned? I have no idea. If I knew how to stop fighter injuries, I feel like that information would be very valuable to promoters, gyms ..click here to read more
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The top UFC light heavyweight fighters are in an uproar over Chael Sonnen getting to the front of the title line. UFC president Dana White has made his message crystal clear. Accept your short notice title fight or move to the back of the line and that just isn’t fair.
White blasted Lyoto Machida, along with a few others for not taking a championship fight against Jon Jones on short notice. White’s message was clear in a recent media call. You may have earned the title shot but you can just as easily lose it if you don’t take the fight when offered, short notice or not.
“Everyone of these guys that are b*tching about a title show now, were offered the fight and turned it down. They refused to fight Jon Jones. Now they’re bummed out because Chael stepped up on eight days notice and he’s going to coach The Ultimate ..click here to read more
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You can question a lot of things about Jon Jones. One thing you can’t question after his victory over Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 is his heart. Jones fought through a severe arm injury to defeat Belfort but may suffer the price for his courage.
Belfort came within inches of defeating the UFC light heavyweight champion in the opening round of UFC 152. Belfort locked in an arm bar that probably would have finished most fighters. But Jon Jones is not most fighters. Jones heard the elbow pop but told reporters after the fight that he had no intention of quitting.
“In there, I felt as if there was a point where I don’t think physically he could have extended it even more,” Jones said. “I mean, it was popping, and I felt after 25 years that I’ve never felt that feeling before. I just came to terms with what ..click here to read more
Brian Stann, Charles Oliveira, Cub Swanson, Demetrious Johnson, Jon Jones, Joseph Benavidez, Matt Hamill, Michael Bisping, Roger Hollet, UFC 152, Vitor Belfort