Report: Vitor Belfort Hoping For Title Shot Heading Into Bout With Luke Rockhold
By FCF Staff
Much of the discussion surrounding UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva as of late, has been predictably tied to his next opponent Chris Weidman, and whether the champ could fight Jon Jones in the coming months. Not as much of it has revolved around Vitor Belfort, and whether fans could see a rematch between the veteran and Silva at some point.
Although part of the reason for that is because Belfort will take on former Strikeforce champion Vitor Belfort on May 18th, “The Phenom” believes he’s knocking on the door of another title shot.
While speaking to Bleacher Report, the 36 year-old fighter reportedly stated:
“I have been fighting and winning all the fights in my division,” said Belfort, who has scored wins over Yoshihiro Akiyama, Anthony Johnson and most recently Michael Bisping, since he was floored by a Silva front kick in February, 2011. “I think I deserve a title shot.”
Belfort also added that he’s not calling for a specific rematch, but rather, he’s in pursuit of the belt, no “matter who has it.”
The Brazilian fighter, who was submitted by the light-heavyweight champ Jones last September, is currently ranked #2 in the UFC middleweight division.
The Belfort-Rockhold bout will take place at UFC on FX 8, which will take place in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil.