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Sonnen Counters Belfort’s Proposal

Kelsey Mowatt

Vitor Belfort

The UFC’s push to book Vitor Belfor versus Tim Kennedy appears to be dead in the water (not surprisingly), as “The Phenom” let it be known that he’s not interested in fighting anyone at 185, unless they have the title “champion” attached. Since Weidman-Silva II isn’t until December 28th, it could be a while.

While Kennedy has confirmed the fight’s a no go via Twitter, Ariel Helwani reported on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight” Tuesday, that Belfort is interested in fighting Chael Sonnen. Since Sonnen has been competing at light-heavyweight and will take on “Shogun” Rua, August 17th, it’s a bout that could happen right? Well, according to “The American Gangter”, yes and no.  Sonnen was asked about Belfort’s callout on the show and responded by saying:

“Vitor, I accept. However, he has a title of number-one contender. If he’s willing to put that on line, not only will I fight him, but I’ll do it on December 28. Weidman defends his title, Rousey defends her title, and Vitor, you have a title and I want you to defend it against me.’”

So much for that idea. Sonnen recently announced that he’s planning to return to middleweight after fighting “Shogun”, and said he’s looking to battle Belfort or Wanderlei Silva. Now unless Belfort does a complete 180 on all this, the chances of him agreeing to a title shot eliminator with Sonnen appear to be slim and none. You still have to wonder though: wouldn’t a loss to Sonnen at 205 still throw a wrench in Belfort’s title run? Would the UFC look to book him to fight either Silva or Weidma, if he had just lost to the former #1 middleweight contender?

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