The heavily rumored scrap for the UFC’s middleweight title between champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort has taken a ginormous leap forward as the challenger states he has already verbally agreed to the 5Round affair on his end. The only problem is that Silva is recovering from a recent elbow surgery and has other things on his mind right now.
“There is a verbal agreement on my part,” Belfort told Terra.com.br. “Now it has to do with the champion, Anderson. It is the champion who is in charge.”
Silva is currently riding an 11-fight winning streak and was last seen slapping Forrest Griffin upside his melon at UFC 101. Before Belfort’s arrival, Silva has had a tough time finding 185-pound competition that would keep him motivated and hungry.
Speaking of motivated, Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champ himself, must have had a shot of adrenaline injected into his system after he was informed by UFC president Dana White that he had earned himself a shot at Silva’s strap following his impressive 1stRound knockout of Rich Franklin at UFC 102.
“To be honest with you, the way the last two fights happened with Marquardt and Henderson against Anderson Silva, I think it would be better to see them fight each other, and the winner of that become the next contender,” White stated at the UFC 102 post-fight presser. “I think Vitor is ready to fight Anderson Silva (now).”
Many in the MMA community are hating on Belfort because he leapfrogged all of his 185-pound counterparts for a shot at UFC gold, most notably Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt, based on one Octagon knockout that happened in a 195-pound catchweight contest.
However, it doesn’t matter what we think because White calls the shots, and he has a great point. In order for Anderson to wax an entire division clean and move up to light heavyweight, which is what every fan wants, it would be best to take on the newcomer in Belfort now and, considering they already had their turn, let Hendo and Nate decide who MIGHT deserve the last 185-pound shot against Silva.
No word from Silva’s camp regarding the proposed title bout or how long he will be on the mend. UFC 108 is slated to jump off inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.