Although former middleweight top contender Vitor Belfort was forced to withdraw from his UFC 139 shootout with Cung Le due to injury, the Brazilian already has his sights set on his next opponent. Apparently, Chael Sonnen (Pictured) has his radar locked on Belfort, as well.
“I hope I can fight him. Let’s get this trash talker,” Belfort told Tatame. “I think it’s the perfect timing, he’s a good opponent and it’s a fight that everybody wants to see. Even if Anderson [Silva] wants that fight, I believe [Anderson] would give me this fight as a gift. I really want to fight him. If he wants to fight Anderson, I’d be a great test for him.
“I’d pound him out … Let’s hope he wins this [October 8th] fight and the UFC puts him against me. That’s the fight everybody wants to see.”
While Sonnen’s dance card is filled courtesy of a UFC 136 tango against Brian Stann, the controversial wrestler appears more than willing to oblige.
“Hey Vitor, take my name out of your mouth until you show up for half as many fights as you pullout of,” Sonnen tweeted. “You keep using the phrase, “pound him out.” I don’t think it means what you think it means, but you’re a dead man either way.”
“The Phenom” most recently put Yoshihiro Akiyama to sleep in the 1stRound at UFC 133 in August. Belfort hopes to resume his career in December.
Sonnen, on the other hand, hasn’t been seen since tapping out to middleweight king Anderson Silva at UFC 117. Since the August 2010 submission loss, he has been busy badmouthing nearly every Brazilian fighter within earshot.