Belfort: I deserve a rematch with Jon Jones or Anderson Silva

Monday, February 04, 2013

“I deserve the rematch, so that’s the fight I’m looking for,” Belfort said. “If not him, I’m looking to get to be a contender of my division. Nobody made a statement with that, and I think the way I beat (Michael) Bisping takes me very close to the contender shot.”

“I’ll accept any fight, but I need to know where this fight is going to take me,” Belfort said.

If he has his say, he’d rather go to light-heavyweight. He wants a chance to beat Jones after nearly pulling off the upset of the decade this past September, when he was installed as a contender after multiple opponents turned down the champ. A heavy underdog, he shocked the world when he popped Jone’s right elbow with an armbar in the first round of the fight.

Belfort faded in later rounds and submitted in the fourth, but he the believes his near-submission is a much better argument for a rematch than the circumstances that put Chael Sonnen in the No. 1 contender spot.

“I’ll be ready, and I have my people negotiating,” he said. “But I want Jon Jones. I want his left arm.”

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