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Sonnen: Belfort Not Improved But “Second Scariest” Fighter in UFC

Kelsey Mowatt

Chael Sonnen

Before Vitor Belfort was booked to fight Dan Henderson on November 9th, the punishing striker was hoping to land a fight with Chael Sonnen. Not surprisingly, “The American Gangster” was interested in fighting Belfort, particularly if it led to him securing the latter’s “number one contender” ranking.

Obviously, the fight didn’t get signed, as following Sonnen’s win over “Shogun” Rua he was booked to fight Rashad Evans at UFC 167. After that, Sonnen will coach opposite Wanderlei Silva in the latest season of TUF Brazil, and will fight “The Axe Murderer”.

But despite the fact Belfort-Sonnen won’t happen anytime soon, the charismatic fighter recently relayed at a Q&A session in Manchester, he still wants to fight ‘The Phenom”comments via MMA

“I’ve been trying to fight Vitor for a long time now. And I think Vitor is awesome. I think Vitor is probably the second scariest guy in the UFC right now, right under Jon Jones,” said Sonnen. “But I think he’s beatable. I think I can beat him. And I really don’t care either way. I’m going to go punch him in the face repeatedly.”

Interesting no? Of course, Belfort did look particularly frightening in his head kick wins over Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping. Sonnen, however, apparently doesn’t believe Belfort’s improved since he lost to Henderson in 2006.

“I can tell you Dan is better now than he was then. I don’t think Vitor is better. I think Vitor was very good back then, but I don’t think he’s better now. I think he’s just got a different haircut.”

Well, improved or not, hopefully Belfort will throw down with Sonnen at some point.

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