Vitor Belfort is in one unfortunate situation during his time in the UFC. He’s clearly the second or third best middleweight in the division but he’s already competed for the championship once before. Let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. We all remember UFC 126 and how emphatic Anderson’s win over Vitor Belfort was. One upkick in the first round and that was it.
Anderson Silva is in a spot with the UFC, where he’s got a little more “promotional power” as to who he wants to compete against. A rematch against a man he defeated so easily sounds like a tough task to try to convince him to give Belfort another crack.
Dana White explained to MMAweekly about the tough sell of Anderson Belfort 2:
“So when you go back to Anderson Silva, who is in the twilight of his career, and you say to a guy like Anderson, what about Vitor? ‘I annihilated Vitor. I got other fights that I wanna fight.’ You talk about his legacy and his this and his that. Those are tough fights to make. I’m not saying that Vitor couldn’t get the next shot, or couldn’t get a shot soon, but if you’re Anderson Silva… ‘I wanna fight ( Georges St. Pierre) or Jon Jones or somebody different.’ You could make a better argument that Dan Henderson should get the next shot. He hasn’t looked impressive and he hasn’t won, but (Silva) didn’t beat him as bad as he did Vitor.”
Is that a bout you’d want to see again? Both fighters did lose decisively to the champ but maybe Dana’s right, Dan Henderson might be an easier sell then Vitor. In the long run, this could all just be hoopla, if Chris Weidman has anything to say about it.