Vitor Belfort will take on Yushin Okami on Nov. 13 at UFC 122 in Germany, with the victor getting the next shot at the winner of the middleweight title rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen, which should take place in early 2011.
It was a shot Belfort thought he earned when he beat Rich Franklin in September 2009. But Silva was injured and couldn't take the fight. Then Belfort got hurt and Sonnen stepped in to take on the champion. After Silva pulled out a late victory in a bout dominated by Sonnen last month, a rematch was ordered, leaving Belfort to wait again.
"I've learned one thing in life. Everybody has a course. Everybody has a path. I know where I want to go, and I know I'm going to get there. I know what I have to do to get there. The obstacles in the way, I don't choose. God knows, my job is to get through them."
He must now beat Okami, whose tough, methodical style often frustrates opponents. But Belfort said he's ready.
"I'm not worried at all about him. I'm not worried about anyone besides myself. I'm worried about me and working on myself every day to get in the best condition, because I know when I'm in my best condition, I'm trouble."
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