Belfort wants title shot, Dana says chew on Silva loss

by Dann Stupp | source:

"I just trained so hard," said Vitor Belfort, whose violent assault last night at UFC 133 left Yoshihiro Akiyama face first on the canvas at the 1:52 mark of the opening round. "The last fight with me and Anderson, if he wouldn't have thrown that kick, this would have happened to him."

"He knows that in his mind. So I'm ready for what's next."

"I'm going for the belt. That's my goal, and that's my future. I'm not going to stop. Nobody's going to stop me."

That's not entirely true. Dana White ultimately decides who gets title fights, and he doesn't see any need for Belfort to get another shot so quickly. Besides the likely No. 1 contender's bout between Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann in October, White just isn't sure Belfort's first appearance warrants another shot so soon.

"It's tough to do," he said. "If they went out and had this war, back and forth – if it were like the Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva fight – that'd be one thing. But it lasted what, 35 seconds? It's something Vitor is going to have to chew on for a while."

"Vitor handled his business quickly. Lorenzo and I were sitting there. I don't know if you guys noticed, but when (Akiyama) threw that front kick, Vitor went ape s---. He went crazy when he did that. So he went and finished that fight. Yeah, that pissed him off."

"Vitor's going to have to beat some people at 185 and then work his way back up to that title shot because it'd be hard to make that title fight after what happened."

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tags: UFC   Vitor Belfort (detail)  Yoshihiro Akiyama (detail)  Anderson Silva (detail)  


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Perturbation site profile image  

8/7/11 6:01 PM by Perturbation

Vitor needs 2 more fights. I say fight the winner of Belcher/MacDonald in Decemeber or January.If he winsThen he should meet the winner of Bisping/Miller next spring for a #1 contenders match.

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8/7/11 5:58 PM by MMALOGIC

Beating akiyama doesnt get you a title shot after getting front kicked to near death.He needs to beat a top contender. I say pull Leben and give him Munoz.If he fights belcher (assuming he wins the mcdonald fight) then he'll need one more.


8/7/11 5:52 PM by K-Dub-"T"

Funny when this fighter got the quote directly from Carlson Gracie himself in person. Funny when in fact it is true. Funny when most fighters after getting KTFO use it as a tool to improve instead of calling it a fluke. Funny how that works

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8/7/11 5:48 PM by shadowsfall

Hammer's Hammil must have been watching the post fight press conference and the interviews dana did to get a scoop like that

EvilMaster site profile image  

8/7/11 3:07 PM by EvilMaster

Leben vs Belfort please.

EvilMaster site profile image  

8/7/11 3:07 PM by EvilMaster

Leben vs Belfort please.

jjj2121 site profile image  

8/7/11 3:06 PM by jjj2121

 That may be the rough plan, but there is absolutely no way to look that far ahead. 

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8/7/11 3:05 PM by Brett Rogers High Kick WTF II

 For those of you that are doubting him fighting for the title again, I asked Batman aka Hammer's Hammil what Dana and crews opinion on it are. He said that all he needs is two more wins, after that Vitor gets the title shot. 

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8/7/11 3:00 PM by jjj2121

 Franklin was the former champ who made multiple defenses.  Vitor was the challenger.