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Belfort on Title Shot: “I Deserve More Respect”

Kelsey Mowatt

Vitor Belfort

Regardless of who wins tonight’s UFC 162 main event between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, Vitor Belfort is as adamant as ever that he deserves to fight the winner. In response to comments this week from Dana White, where the UFC President relayed that Silva likely won’t sign off on fighting Belfort again at this juncture, a seemingly angry Belfort took to Twitter to respond.

After noting “it’s incredible” that is seems like “Silva is the one picking his opponents,” Belfort pointed out that both Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos received title shots after winning just one fight. The 36 year-old “Phenom” then proceeded to argue:

But I, on the other hand, crushed all the contenders that were put in front of me, and it seems that I have earned nothing, not even the respect I deserve for all I have done for the sport. My spot is the highest of any division contender in the UFC, and it is only logical and fair for me to be given a shot at the title. Why is it that I don’t have a title shot? Just because one time, Anderson happened to land a kick?! I can assure you that given a second chance, that would never happen again. I have proven myself over and over. It seems that Anderson wants to go on and do super fights or whatever. How can he think of doing a super fight right now when he has a contender of my caliber waiting to compete for the belt. I have no problem with super fights, as long as they don’t tie up the belt from other great contenders who deserve a chance to accomplish the greatest moments of their career.

Belfort then relayed that he has no “personal beef”” against the middleweight champion, before closing out the lengthy statement by adding:

If Chris Weidman can get a title shot just by defeating Munoz, imagine how much I deserve this after devastating everyone they put in front of me, not to mention all that I have contributed to the history of the sport. I deserve more respect for what I have done, am still doing, and am about to do. Come on – they even say that it makes more sense for Silva to fight Hendo??? What a joke! I trust that if Anderson keeps the belt on Saturday night or if Chris Weidman wins, they will accept the challenge to fight me next, because I earned the spot. Dana White, MAKE IT HAPPEN!

So, if Silva wins tonight will Belfort’s emotional plea change anything? Unfortunately for him and his legions of fans, probably not. If Weidman wins, however, and Silva isn’t interested in an immediate rematch, well, that’s a different story.

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