Belfort: Politics not merit earns UFC title shots


If Michael Bisping beats Vitor Belfort this weekend atUFC on FX 7 in Sao Paolo, he gets a title shot at Middleweight champion Anderson Silva. If Belfort wins, he does not expect to get one.

In a recent interview with Brazil's O Dia newspaper, Belfort, who lost to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in September and lost to Silva nearly two years ago, said he does not expect a title shot with a win over Bisping, and he doesn't see the merit in that.

"There's not much I can say about what qualifies you for a shot at the title in the UFC," said Belfort. "It hasn't been happening much by merit, but by politics.

"I can't answer you that. The one who can is Dana White. I just do my job, which is to fight and win. My right is to train and represent my country."

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Ironhouse site profile image  

1/15/13 4:58 PM by Ironhouse

Says the guy who was gifted a I see what all the people he has trained with mean when they say "Vitor is just being Vitor"

yellow's Overseer site profile image  

1/15/13 4:52 PM by yellow's Overseer


garrote site profile image  

1/15/13 4:48 PM by garrote

He must love politics.

The Mammoth site profile image  

1/15/13 4:38 PM by The Mammoth


KZTT_W85 site profile image  

1/15/13 4:33 PM by KZTT_W85

My thoughts exactly.This is crazy talk coming from him

eljamaiquino site profile image  

1/15/13 4:17 PM by eljamaiquino

Dont get it. Belfort got title shots at 205 & 185 without winning any fights in those weight classes. He's the last guy who should be talking.....

Death Beast site profile image  

1/15/13 3:52 PM by Death Beast

Is he saying this like he's bitter about it? That would have to be the biggest case of "No Self Awareness" ever considering the title shots he's received since returning. He's only won 1 fight at MW since returning against a guy that's 1-4 in the UFC with the 1 being a SD so he can't even act like he worked his way back up.

JOESONDO site profile image  

1/15/13 3:32 PM by JOESONDO

It's who they can sell as a viable contender. Bisping has never fought Silva and has a fan base that they can sell the fight to. Belfort got knocked out bad by Silva and then they put the image of the kick that did it as the menu screen of their videogame. They also feature that knock out on every highlight reel they can. It's like Bisping asking Henderson for a rematch. Pretty hard sell.

yellow wrkahlc site profile image  

1/15/13 3:31 PM by yellow wrkahlc

You're right, but focus on your gas tank past the 3rd round.