Although Vitor Belfort came up short in his second shot at securing the UFC’s middleweight belt, the perennial contender still sees another title run in his future…
Belfort is not far removed from a first round, stoppage loss to Chris Weidman last month, which saw him cut the champ early on with punches, before getting pounded out. Belfort also challenged for the middleweight belt back in 2011, but was taken out by Anderson Silva, who at the time, was at the peak of his powers.
Well, Belfort recently spoke to Sensei Sportv, and during the segment he reportedly watched footage of his first UFC wins back in 1997 (yes, it’s been almost 20 years…). According to a follow report from MMA Fighting.com, “The Phenom” made the following remark while doing so:
“When I see this, I see I can be here and fight more,” Belfort said. “I still can do another run for the title.”
In addition, the 38 year-old fighter also relayed the following during the story:
“Joana (Prado – his wife and manager) asked me an interesting question. ‘Why do you want to continue fighting?’ I won’t lie, won’t fight only to continue fighting. If I’m in, I will want to go there to win the title. If it’s just to (fight), I don’t want it,” Belfort said. “That’s not what I’m made of. God will give me this direction and I trust the people that work with me. Joana and the other partners who run the office will make the right decision with the UFC.”
Of course, Belfort’s critics will likely scoff at the idea that he’s still capable of securing the title at this stage of his career. But, when you consider that the only men he’s lost to since 2006 are Silva, Weidman and Jon Jones, it’s not that surprising to hear Belfort talk this way is it?
Now it will be interesting to see who the UFC matches Belfort up against next. Gegard Mousasi would make for a fantastic fight no?