Vitor Belfort may have been quickly taken out by UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman in May, but the veteran fighter has already begun his campaign for another title shot…
Yes, as the headline relays, Belfort is booked to fight Dan Henderson next, as the two will have their rubber match on November 7th. The bout will headline UFC Fight Night 77, which will go down in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Henderson worked his way to a UD win over Belfort in their 2006 encounter, and then in their rematch approximately seven years later, “The Phenom” scored a first round stoppage win.
Well, the 38 year-old Belfort recently made an appearance on the Brazilian program, “Revista Combate”. While doing so, Belfort had this to say about his short term goals (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Getting past Dan Henderson, I want the winner of this fight, either Weidman or the trash talker Rockhold,” Belfort said. “We’re on the race. You go to your goal, or you ask to leave. It’s important to have a goal, a focus in your life. The fun thing about the next chance you have is that you earn it today. I’m focused on Dan Henderson now, on my training, focused on going there and doing my job.”
How about that huh? Now sure, some Belfort boosters are likely applauding these comments right now, and are fully on board with this idea. But will he get a title shot if he gets by Henderson?
Belfort is ranked #4, so from that perspective, he’s not far out from a title shot in the grand scheme of things. But, “Jacare” Souza and Yoel Romero are ahead of him. Considering the runs they’ve been on, one of those two men are almost certainly a lock for the next crack at the belt. Yes, even if Rockhold defeats Weidman on December 12th and begs the UFC to give him a rematch with Belfort (the latter stopped Rockhold in 2013).
It will be interesting to see how Belfort looks and performs against Henderson, however. That’s a huge fight for both men. Henderson is currently ranked #11 at 185, and if he can score a big win…could one more title shot run be on?