Vitor Belfort has made it known that he wants a title shot, and he has been rallying for one for quite some time. His last victory, a KO over Dan Henderson, made it three straight head kick KO’s for ‘The Phenom’. The UFC can no longer hold out on the controversial Middleweight; he has earned his shot at the title.
Vitor spoke with MMA Fighting recently and expressed his plans to fight the winner of the Anderson Silva/Chris Weidman rematch at UFC 168:
I’m just waiting for the winner (of Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva 2 at UFC 168). I don’t create expectations because I can get frustrated in the end. I’ve earned my shot at the title and I will fight whoever wins this fight. I just want to get in there and hear them say ‘the new middleweight champion’. I have a goal. I will defeat the champion and get the title.
This fight will be in a soccer stadium. Whoever wins, I’m sure we can sell out Maracana or any other soccer stadium in Brazil. It would be really interesting.
I know the UFC will come up with the best idea. They are really focused in Brazil right now. Globo is offering great fights for the Brazilians. I just want to enjoy my training. I will train focused on both, and focused on working my abilities.
Vitor’s plans seem highly likely considering the fact that he is a gigantic draw in Brazil. Of course, naysayers will point to Vitor’s TRT usage as the reason he wants to fight in Brazil. Dana White has said previously that he has no doubts Vitor would be able to be licensed with TRT in the United States, but would he want to risk that? Vitor also previously claimed he would stop using TRT if necessary for a title bout inside the United States.
While TRT is a mess to begin with, Vitor’s comments about selling out Brazil stadium is music to the UFC’s ears. For years the UFC has attempted to set up the right fight for a stadium, and they may just have it.