Now that Anderson Silva has uneventfully defended his middleweight belt at UFC 112, the original opponent he was slated to face in Abu Dhabi is calling for the king’s head.
Silva was expected to face top contender Vitor Belfort inside the Concert Arena, however the former UFC light heavyweight champion was forced to pull out of the highly anticipated bout in February due to a shoulder injury.
Belfort told TATAME.com on Sunday that his surgically repaired shoulder is feeling “pretty good” and he is hoping to meet Silva this fall.
“I’m in the middle of treatment, going to the UFC’s doctor that [UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta] arranged for me,” Belfort said of his road to recovery. “He’s really liking it. I’ll go there on Tuesday and we will establish the date of my comeback, between August and October.”
This September will mark a year since Belfort posted his devastating UFC 103 knockout victory over Rich Franklin. Despite the threat of fighting ring rust in addition to Silva, the challenger appeared unwilling to take a tune-up bout before jumping into a 5Round affair.
“I’m working in this direction. My goal is to fight for the belt,” Belfort said of immediately competing for the title upon return. “That is what I’m waiting for and it is all settled. The shoulder did not make things easy last time, but that’s exactly the reason of my motivation.”
After witnessing Silva’s antics in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, it’s understandable why Belfort wants to be the next to stand opposite MMA’s baddest middleweight. Because if the champ were to dare try those shenanigans against Belfort …
“Well, I don’t have to say much about it,” he said. “The audience and Dana White has already spoken for me. This is the way I’m feeling about it now.”
In case you missed it, here are some of the comments the UFC president made regarding UFC 112’s main event:
“I don’t think I’ve ever been more embarrassed in the 10 years I’ve been in this business.”
“He [ran] around like a jackass for 5Rounds.”
“It was the first time I have ever walked out on a main event. To end it the way that we did was an embarrassment for me, the UFC and the Fertittas.”
Immediately following Silva’s seventh consecutive middleweight title defense, a motivated Belfort took to his Twitter and pushed Octagon brass for a next crack at MMA’s biggest enigma.
“Guys, I am very sad that I was unable to not be fighting with Anderson,” Belfort Tweeted. “Demian showed a lot of respect and did good, but now it is my turn.
“Dana, make this fight happen, please. Lorenzo, make this happen. I want to fight Anderson…make this happen for me and all the fans.”
Belfort is more than willing to bang, so if Silva is simply bored and looking for a 185-pounder that’s willing to engage, he may have just found the perfect opponent to recapture his mojo.