Sonnen/Belfort agree to bout at UFC 168
Vitor Belfort has been asking for a title shot or at least a top level opponent since winning his last two fights in dramatic fashion. He recently turned down a bout with Tim Kennedy, but today challenged Chael Sonnen, who was quick to respond:
While Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight contender Vitor Belfort is unwilling to fight Tim Kennedy or anyone else at 185 pounds unless it’s the champion (read explanation here), there is one fight “The Phenom” is down to accept.
And that would be against none other than longtime rival Chael Sonnen.
According to a report from Ariel Helwani on Tuesday’s (July 30, 2013) edition of FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight,” Belfort would “love to fight” Sonnen next, just as long as it’s not a Middleweight bout. Sonnen, who was on hand as one of the hosts of “UFC Tonight,” said a fight against Belfort interests him immensely for UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013; however, there’s a catch to the situation.
At this point this bout is just two fighters agreeing and has no real teeth as Sonnen still has to get by Mauricio Rua next month in Boston.