Is it jealousy or legitimate beef?
What’s motivating Vitor Belfort to blast the man who did what no one else could do, and what he failed miserably at?
Belfort said in a Brazilian interview that UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman doesn’t deserve the Fighter of the Year Award at the World MMA Awards.
“Not that it should be me, but he wins because of just one fight?” Belfort said. “It was shameful. He won one fight. The other . . . it was an accident.”
Belfort may be bitter because he was unable to do what Weidman could: Not only defeat Anderson Silva, but KO him — twice.
Weidman defeated Silva twice in 2013, a stunning feat considering that Silva was widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. With the exception of a loss for an illegal up-kick, Silva won 20 fights in a row since 2003 before getting KO’d twice by Weidman.
In the first fight, Silva got knocked cold by a flurry of punches. Silva broke his leg with a kick against Weidman’s leg in the second fight.
It was a different outcome when Belfort fought Silva in 2011. In that fight, Silva KO’d Belfort at 3:25 of the first round with a front kick to the mouth of Belfort, giving ESPN a highlight reel knockout and Sportscenter moment.
Belfort won three times in 2013, KO’ing Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson. Although those victories were impressive, all three of those guys had lost before, and the Silva KOs put an end to Silva’s reign as pound-for-pound best fighter in the world.
Belfort will get his chance to prove he’s a better fighter when he battles Weidman for the middleweight championship at UFC 173 in May.