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Belfort: Sonnen “Relieved” Proposed Fight Not Happening

Kelsey Mowatt

Vitor Belfort

Lots of fans are likely excited to see Vitor Belfort battle Dan Henderson for a second time on November 9th, but there’s no question that a bout between “The Phenom” and Chael Sonnen would have been pretty, pretty big. Belfort, of course, has had a sensational 2013, and you know that Sonnen would have hyped the bout up and then some (especially since he just took out “Shogun” Rua at UFC FN 26).

While Belfort campaigned to fight Sonnen, and “The American Gangster” said he was up for the task (yes, with the provision the #1 contender slot at 185 was on the line), the tilt’s not happening any time soon. According to Belfort, however, Sonnen is pretty “relieved” about that fact as well…In a recent appearance on “The MMA Hour“, Belfort claimed:

“He was really relieved that the UFC didn’t give him to me,” Belfort said. “He was like ‘I’m glad I don’t have to fight Vitor.’ We have friends in common and one time he was on his camp and (Sonnen) said ‘one of the guys I’d never like to fight is Vitor Belfort.’ I’m cool, man. He’s around, I’m around. One day he’ll have to face me. It’ll be a great fight. One day. Who knows?”

Wow. Let the debate, slash, doubting begin. Of course, this is one of those match-ups fans are going to want to see regardless of whether either vet drops out of the title shot mix. Oh, and Belfort also had this to say about Sonnen’s memorable, tap-out victory over Rua on August 17th.

“I’m not surprised, Shogun made a mistake,” he said. “But it’s a fight, things can happen. You have to be focused and don’t make mistakes. Every wrestler has a strong guillotine and when you make mistakes and the other capitalizes … It’s MMA. You have to be alert all the time.”

That’s some good advice. Belfort will face Henderson at UFC Fight Night 32, which will go down in Goias, Brazil.

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