White: Belfort loses no.1 contender status w/ loss


At the very least, Vitor Belfort and UFC President Dana White agree on one thing -- Belfort is the middleweight division's No. 1 contender.

White repeated that sentiment on Tuesday, stating on a conference call that Belfort "definitely" still held claim to middleweight's top spot, despite his upcoming light heavyweight bout against Dan Henderson.

Where the two sides differ, though, is whether Belfort's UFC Fight Night 32 date with Henderson has the chance to affect his 185-pound ranking.

"If [Belfort] loses to Dan Henderson, could he still fight for the title? No, I don't think so," White said.

"Vitor's got to win the fight. This isn't one of those fights where he's moving up to light heavyweight to fight Jon Jones. He's fighting another 185-pounder. They just decided not to cut weight, to fight at 205."

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Thacommish site profile image  

11/6/13 6:20 PM by Thacommish

hes not the number 1 contender anderson is

Klownoh site profile image  

11/6/13 5:45 PM by Klownoh

I don't see how Vitor hasn't even been considered for a title shot when Rockhold and Bisping were finished by him.

DirtyLickinsBrah site profile image  

11/6/13 4:24 PM by DirtyLickinsBrah

Vitor doesnt deserve shit....win or lose.

JStrongMMA site profile image  

11/6/13 4:09 PM by JStrongMMA

Not a surprise. Why would they give him a title shot after coming off of a loss? Who does he think he is? Chael Sonnen? Lol

I delivered U site profile image  

11/6/13 3:59 PM by I delivered U

they both agreed to it..I have no idea who brought up the idea or why.

DragonDidn'tDrinkEnoughPee site profile image  

11/6/13 3:36 PM by DragonDidn'tDrinkEnoughPee

Yea maybe 9 months

ChucoV site profile image  

11/6/13 3:23 PM by ChucoV


billcosbiguez site profile image  

11/6/13 2:33 PM by billcosbiguez

If Vitor beats Dan he may still not get a title shot anytime soon. If Spider beats CW there will probably be a trilogy fight three months later. Dans loves to recycle the same fights.

Lazer MMA site profile image  

11/6/13 7:06 AM by Lazer MMA

& Hendo may not get a contract without a win IMO too.No Idea why Dana had to say that, it was clear as day. He's given title shots in divisions to guys based solely on records VS guys in other divisions. The ball swings both ways.It makes this call out very questionable on Vitor's part. No hiding in another division in the UFC.

Lazer MMA site profile image  

11/6/13 7:01 AM by Lazer MMA

Because after the last time @ 185 Hendo is not going back. You can't compare his records after cutting either BTW.