UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort has resumed training and expects to face the winner of UFC 117’s main event between 185-pound champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen later this year.
A lingering shoulder injury forced Belfort out of an April showdown with Silva, but after undergoing successful surgery, Belfort tells the Las Vegas Sun that he’s off painkillers for the first time in 18-months, a span that includes a first-round knockout of Rich Franklin in his September return to the UFC.
“Everyone was saying, ‘You need surgery,’ but I wasn’t at peace with that,” Belfort said. “I went to the best doctor in Brazil, and he showed me the number of fighters who keep fighting and make their careers short. You can’t fight numbers.”
Belfort declined to predict a winner of the August 7 fight between Silva and Sonnen, but the former UFC light heavyweight title-holder concluded by saying he’s ready to reclaim his legacy regardless of his next opponent.
“I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t worry about what’s going to come my way. As long as I stay on my path, I’m not worried about who’s in it,” Belfort said. “I want to get my legacy back.”
Pictured: Vitor Belfort