Vitor Belfort has been campaigning long and hard now for another crack at the UFC’s middleweight belt, and based off a recent interview Anderson Silva has done, “The Phenom” might be cheering for Chris Weidman at UFC 168.
Why you may be asking? Well as Dana White said would likely be the case, it doesn’t sound like Silva’s too interested in fighting Belfort again. Silva was recently asked by the Brazilian publication Combate if he’d be willing to rematch Belfort, and the former champ stated (transcription via MMA Fighting.com):
“I don’t think so,” Silva said. “What was supposed to be done was done. Of course, we are employees of the UFC, but I don’t like to fight against Brazilians. I don’t see that possibility.”
Of course, Silva needed under four minutes to put Belfort away with a front kick in February, 2011, (the footage of which you’ve probably seen several thousand times by now). It’s for that reason, more so than the fact Belfort is also Brazilian, that White argued Silva wouldn’t be down for a rematch. Although, as Silva noted, if the UFC insists they want that fight done, then it could happen. If Belfort loses his next bout though, regardless of whether it’s at 185 or not, he might be out of luck.
First things first, however, Silva will rematch Weidman on December 28th. The legend also had this to say about getting knocked out by Weidman on July 6th, and losing his #1 P4P status.
“I’m a regular guy,” Silva said. “I’m not and never wanted to be the best (fighter) in the world. People said that about me. I thank them for believing that I’m the best, but I never thought I was the best pound-for-pound (fighter). I always fought because I like it, and I was always able to do it with excellence.”
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