Belfort: ‘I deserve a title shot’

Thursday, May 02, 2013

36-years-old Vitor Belfort won the UFC light heavyweight championship in early 2004, following years of competing in that division and heavyweight. Now, nearly a decade later, he wants another shot at the middleweight title.

Belfort has proved to be a phenom at middleweight, losing only to champion Anderson Silva, and beating Yoshihiro Akiyama, Anthony Johnson, and Michael Bisping in under twleve minutes combined.

He also lost to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, after taking the fight on short notice, and nearly securing an armbar, before losing via keylock in the fourth round. In so doing, he lasted longer vs. Jones that anyone but Rashad Evans and ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

Belfort has been fighting in the UFC for over 16 years.

“Let me be clear, I am not looking for a rematch with anyone,” Belfort told Bleacher Report recently.  “What I want is the belt. It doesn’t matter who has it.”

“I feel that I am starting my career right now. I feel young enough to keep fighting for a bunch more fights.”

“I have been fighting and winning all the fights in my division. I think I deserve a title shot.”

Belfort fights Luke Rockhold on May 28 at UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold.

Rockhold has been a harsh critic of Belfort’s use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy, saying TRT is “a crock of s—t” and that he was “more of a man than Vitor,” with “more heart than Vitor.”

Belfort declined to bicker with Rockhold over the accusation, saying only “he is a great fighter… (the TRT comment) is just what he says.”

What do you think? Does Vitor deserve a title shot? And is TRT fair?