When Vitor Belfort (pictured) tasted Anderson Silva’s foot at UFC 126, he guaranteed himself inclusion in nearly every UFC highlight reel until the end of time. Unfortunately for Belfort, the devastating front kick to the face may also exclude him from a rematch with Silva.
Belfort has rallied quite nicely since the February 2011 setback to Silva by winning four of his next five, with his last two victories coming in (T)KO fashion (we’ll shelve the TRT discussion for another day).
While UFC president Dana White admits Belfort has been on a torrid run, it’s not good enough to earn him a sequel with Silva at this stage in “The Spider’s” illustrious career.
“[Belfort’s] looked great, but the hard position that Vitor is in is, when you talk about a rematch for him, it’s like, [Silva] kicked him in the face in the first 60 seconds in one of the most devastating knockouts of all-time,” White stated Thursday. “So when you go back to Anderson Silva, who’s in the twilight of his career, and you say to a guy like Anderson, ‘Eh, what about Vitor?’
“[Silva would say,] ‘I annihilated Vitor. I made it look like Vitor wasn’t even a fighter. We shouldn’t have been fighting. I’ve got other fights. I want to fight other people.’ When you talk about his legacy, those are tough fights to make.”
White didn’t permanently rule out Silva vs. Belfort II, though was adamant it would be a tough sell to a 38-year-old Silva who is strictly seeking big fights (AKA, scraps that will financially secure his kids’ kids’ futures).
“I’m not saying Vitor couldn’t get the next shot or couldn’t get a shot soon, but if you’re Anderson Silva, you’re like, ‘I’m looking for another challenge. I want to fight GSP. I want to fight Jon Jones or somebody different than Vitor Belfort,'” White said in closing.