What is next for Vitor Belfort?


Vitor Belfort gave Dan Henderson the first KO of his 17 year career Saturday night. It was also the first time in UFC history anyone score three kick KOs in succession. Belfort is now in line for a huge fight. But with who?

For Belfort, the answer is open and shut.

"I'm looking forward now for the winner of Anderson Silva and Weidman," said 'The Phenom' as transcribed by MMAFighting. "Dana is the one who will make the call and I just gotta be ready. I told them I'll be ready."

For his part, the man making the call was making no 100% guaranteed promises, beyond that it would be big. While Belfort vs. the Weidman vs. Silva winner is apears to be the plan, this is a sport in which plans change.

"Big things for Vitor Belfort. Big night," said White at the UFC Fight Night 32 post-fight press conference as transcribed by MMAFighting. "He did something no one has ever done in 39 fights, he stopped Dan Henderson."

"Vitor's a completely different fighter than he was when he was younger. He's mentally there, he's physically there, he's more well-rounded, I'm blown away by tonight's performance. We'll see what's next."

"You never know what happens here. That Weidman-Silva fight happens, someone gets hurt and they've sidelined, you just never know what's going to happen."

"You've got the Chris Weidman-Anderson Silva rematch. That has to happen, but, yeah, Vitor Belfort. Weidman, Silva, Machida, there's a lot of big fights out there for Vitor Belfort... There’s nothing but big fights for Vitor. Imagine if we do Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort again? You can do that in a soccer stadium here."

There have been suggestions that Vitor Belfort is not fighting in the USA, specifically Las Vegas, because he tested positive for PEDs there, and thus is unlikely to receive a Testosterone Use Exemption by the Nevada Athletic Commission. White denied emphatically that that is an issue.

"The people who talk about him fighting in the United States talk a lot of s--, don't they?" asked White. "They talk s--- but they want to see Vitor fight in the United States. Vitor could fight in the United States now. There's no reason why he couldn't fight in Las Vegas no matter what Keith Kizer says."

So who do you want to see Vitor Belfort fight next and who do you think it will be? The winner of Silva vs. Weidman? Anderson Silva even if Silva loses the rematch? Or Lyoto Machida?

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Recent Comments »

eXtv site profile image  

11/11/13 7:33 AM by eXtv

fighting under a legit athletic commission would be nice

Jo'donnell-Davies site profile image  

11/11/13 7:32 AM by Jo'donnell-Davies

Vitor is just toeing the line and doing what the UFC wants him to do if he's to ever get another title shot. He did fight for a belt in two weight classes and was finished in both fights so they're in no rush to give him another one

potatocouch site profile image  

11/11/13 6:21 AM by potatocouch

... a new haircut. Edit: To be fair it says "what" on the mainpage!! ;)

AlexanderTheGOAT site profile image  

11/11/13 1:46 AM by AlexanderTheGOAT


TOAO site profile image  

11/11/13 12:49 AM by TOAO

TRT vitor will demolish anyone not named anderson silva.

da Vinci 81 site profile image  

11/11/13 12:49 AM by da Vinci 81

I prefer it this way. The division needs contenders and this sets up vitor for the title shot next and hopefully the Machida/Mousasi winner after that.

newjack900 site profile image  

11/11/13 12:43 AM by newjack900

This is the worst reasoning I've ever heard, to simply shit on a guy who is having tremendous success (in a sport where every win is a big deal, especially those v top 10 opponents). Trying to take away a guy's accomplishments because he was the favorite going in makes no sense w the level of competition he is facing. What I know is that he's 10-2 in his last 12 and has been one of the most exciting fighters to watch over that span. He's not just beating guys he's supposed to, he's destroying them. Anderson was smart to get in his head leading up to their fight bc physically he's just scary with the power/speed/accuracy mix he's been showing.

Attila site profile image  

11/10/13 11:43 PM by Attila

Vitor fought Jones with a broken hand going into the fight. I want to see how the new new new Vitor can do at near 100%.

LyotoBundy site profile image  

11/10/13 11:21 PM by LyotoBundy

I disagree. I love Nick, but that's not a good fight for him.

circa305 site profile image  

11/10/13 9:14 PM by circa305

I wanna see rematch with Anderson.