A rematch between Brazilian middleweights Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort is being planned for UFC 132 on July 2 in Las Vegas, but Silva has yet to agree to the matchup and “The Axe Murderer” is campaigning for a fight with Chris Leben instead.
“We offered him the Vitor fight, and now he’s on Twitter lobbying to fight Chris Leben,” UFC President Dana White said after Saturday’s UFC 128 event. “I don’t want him to fight Chris Leben, I want him to fight Vitor Belfort.
“Vitor Belfort has accepted the fight, wants the fight, and now we’re waiting for Wanderlei to accept the fight.”
Belfort knocked Silva out in just 44-seconds in their first meeting at the UFC’s Brazilian debut in 1998 and Silva recently called out Belfort for a rematch, but has apparently shifted his focus to Leben after also turning down a fight with Brian Stann for May’s UFC 130.
Silva (33-10-1) has been sidelined by knee surgery since topping Michael Bisping in his middleweight debut last February, while Belfort (19-9) was knocked out by middleweight champ Anderson Silva in February following five-straight wins.