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.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]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, it’s like, [Silva] kicked him in the face in the first 60 seconds in one of the most devestating knockouts of all-time,” he said. “So when you go back to Anderson Silva, who’s in the twilight of his career, and you say to a guy like Anderson, ‘Eh, what about Vitor?’ He’d say, ‘I annihilated Vitor. I made it look like Vitor isn’t even a fighter we should have been fighting.’”
That did not sit well with Vitor, especially this little nugget (or seed) that White threw out there at the following up the statement.
“You could make a better argument that Dan Henderson should get another shot.”
Vitor was not happy and after retweeting tweets from fans bashing White, the UFC, and Silva for the company’s stance on a rematch, Belfort took to Twitter to vent his frustrations on the situation.
“It’s incredible how it seems as though Silva is the one picking his opponents. Think about this: Cain got knocked out in a devastating loss to Cigano, and after one fight he gets another title shot. Then after being massacred by Velasquez for 5 rounds, now Cigano gets another chance for the title. In order for a rematch to take place, the champion must accept a challenge. Both Cigano and Velasquez accepted. But I, on the other hand, crushed all the contenders that were put in front of me, and it seems that I have earned nothing, not even the respect I deserve for all I have done for the sport. My spot is the highest of any division contender in the UFC, and it is only logical and fair for me to be given a shot at the title. Why is it that I don’t have a title shot? Just because one time, Anderson happened to land a kick?! I can assure you that given a second chance, that would never happen again. I have proven myself over and over. It seems that Anderson wants to go on and do super fights or whatever. How can he think of doing a super fight right now when he has a contender of my caliber waiting to compete for the belt. I have no problem with super fights, as long as they don’t tie up the belt from other great contenders who deserve a chance to accomplish the greatest moments of their career. Nobody should be able to strip me of the dreams that God gave me and that I have worked so hard to achieve! It doesn’t matter who is the champion or how many title defenses they have, they should fight who is the number 1 contender in the sport, and that person is me! I really can’t understand any reason why Anderson would refuse to fight me, unless he was scared that the result would be different this time. Mind you, I have no personal beef against Anderson or any other fighter. I’m just talking about every fighter’s dream to win the belt – to fight for the world championship! That’s what this business is all about. If Chris Weidman can get a title shot just by defeating Munoz, imagine how much I deserve this after devastating everyone they put in front of me, not to mention all that I have contributed to the history of the sport. I deserve more respect for what I have done, am still doing, and am about to do. Come on – they even say that it makes more sense for Silva to fight Hendo??? What a joke! I trust that if Anderson keeps the belt on Saturday night or if Chris Weidman wins, they will accept the challenge to fight me next, because I earned the spot. Dana White, MAKE IT HAPPEN!”
Wow! Belfort is criticizing Chris Weidman getting a title shot with a win over Mark Munoz. Guess what? He’s right. It is a little ridiculous but at the same time Belfort has no right to take about anyone in the world getting an undeserved shot. When he got his title shot at Silva he had not ever fought at middleweight in the UFC! If that wasn’t enough he received a title shot against Jon Jones after not fighting at light heavyweight in the UFC in years. So seeing Belfort criticize anyone for getting an unjust title shot is actually laughable. If this was an attempt at standup comedy bravo.
That said, he does have some valid points but this isn’t Jon Fitch running through five guys and being ignored. Belfort has only three wins in the division, all against top guys, but the way he is tweeting you’d think he ran through six guys.
Does Dan Henderson deserve a title shot over Belfort? At a different time in UFC history I’d say no. However, Henderson was promised a title shot after beating Rich Franklin and never received it. Henderson is a weird name to throw out there and I don’t think it was by accident. Do not be surprised at all if this is the UFC’s backup plan if they can’t sign Silva vs. Jon Jones or GSP.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]There is also the pink elephant in the room known as TRT. Belfort has fought his last few fights with a TRT exemption and every single one of them have been outside the United States. He has not been cleared for the exemption in the U.S. What if Belfort challenges Silva or Weidman, wins the title, and can not get his exemption cleared in the U.S.? That puts a stranglehold on the UFC and its middleweight title. I can’t imagine that this doesn’t have something to do with it.
Does Vitor deserve a title shot? Yes. Is this a case of fighter misjustice? Absolutely not. Do I think the result would be any different today between he and Silva that it was in 2011? No but I don’t think I’d mind seeing Belfort get kicked in the face again.
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