As expected, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva will defend his title against Vitor Belfort during the biggest football weekend of the year. The challenger confirmed the date on this week’s edition of HDNet’s Inside MMA.
“The fight is definitely going to happen,” Belfort said on Friday’s show. “It’s February 5th. It’s going to be the fight in [Las Vegas, Nevada] for the Super Bowl.”
Belfort was scheduled for a top contender scrap with Yushin Okami at UFC 122, but was presented with an unexpected opportunity courtesy of Chael Sonnen’s failed UFC 117 drug test. The alleged PED abuser was awarded an immediate rematch with Silva, however his tainted performance quickly put that chatter to bed.
“It’s like I’m set. I’m set for one goal. I’m going to go there and get what belongs to me,” Belfort stated. “The only thing I can do is go there and perform my best. I’m not worried if it’s Anderson Silva, or if it’s any other person in front of me.
“Whatever is in front of me is what’s the most important thing for me right now. Anderson Silva is a great fighter, a great athlete. I’ve known him for a long time and I know I have all the ability. But now, what I’m doing is doing my part. I’m training and putting my skills together.”
Belfort knocked out former middleweight champ Rich Franklin in a 195-pound catchweight bout in his last outing. Since his September 2009 return to the Octagon, he had his shoulder surgically repaired and cautiously went about his rehab. Now that the former UFC light heavyweight champ is fully healed, he’ll be looking to viciously dethrone the division’s king.
Speaking of royalty, there aren’t many fighters that warrant G.O.A.T. status more than “The Spider.” Up until his miraculous come-from-behind victory over Sonnen – and it appears we now know why the champ was pushed to those depths – nobody legitimately threatened his reign.
The planet’s deadliest assassin is prefect through his last 13 contests.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena is expected to host the shootout, which will likely be dubbed UFC 126.
Here are the other bouts that have been rumored for the pay-per-view broadcast:
Kenny Florian vs. Evan Dunham
Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones
Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin
Vitor Belfort vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)