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Vitor Belfort And Shawn Tompkins Are Also Rooting Against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117

(“So then the older bull says, ‘Hell son, let’s *walk* down there and screw *all* of them cows!’ Seriously Vitor, I’ve got a million of ’em. Hey, you ever hear the one about the rabbi and the Indian chief … ” PicProps: Las Vegas Sun)

It’s amazing that after nearly two decades of mixed martial arts in this country, reporters are still asking fighters who they want to face next. Really, has any one of these guys ever answered that question with anything other than some variation of “It doesn’t matter/Whoever the UFC wants me to fight next”? Take Vitor Belfort, who is now fully recovered from shoulder surgery and training in Las Vegas for a future bout with the winner of Anderson Silva’s UFC 117 title defense against Chael Sonnen on Aug. 7. You think Belfort is going to admit to Las Vegas Sun Reporter Brett Okamoto that he cares who emerges from that event with the middleweight belt? Fat chance.

"I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t worry about what’s going to come my way,” he says. “As long as I stay on my path, I’m not worried about who’s in it.”

Of course what Belfort means to say is, he wants to fight Anderson Silva. Good thing for us, Shawn Tompkins is there to read between the lines. Good thing for Belfort, Tompkins also thinks he’s going to get his wish …

"I think Chael will try to pick a fight, but that’s the only way he becomes popular or famous because we all know he’s a boring fighter …,” Tompkins says. “Anderson is the man and we want to beat that man. I think that fight would mean a little more to us. And honestly, go ask the fans who they want to see fight. It’s Anderson and Vitor."

"Nothing against Chael, but I think he talks better than he fights," Tompkins continues. "I’ll be front row (at UFC 117) studying both of them because that’s my job. I think Chael will talk himself into the fight but, ultimately, Anderson will knock him out."

Yep, nothing against Chael or anything …

Belfort and Silva have some history. They briefly trained together at Ed Soares’ Black House gym and at one time or another they were scheduled to fight each other at UFC 108, 109 and 112, before various injuries to both parties made those bouts impossible.

Also likely hoping Silva beats Sonnen (or at least actually fights the guy insteads of just dancing) could be the UFC. A Belfort vs. Silva match would indeed be a bigger deal and, if Silva comes away unscathed from UFC 117, the company could conceivably put that bout on its gala end-of-the-year PPV.

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noahknows- July 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm
diff is those two were up agaisnt washed up fighters, and yes fedor is done or near it at best. dont say it...he's not the great fighter of 5 years any top comp he's faced in the last 5 years?
V.S.O.P.- July 19, 2010 at 1:22 am
Here's a good joke....Train with Shawn Tompkins.
fatbellyfrank- July 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm
Jim Harbaugh Sc... Says:
Mon, 07/19/2010 - 07:13

But let's be honest Sonnen is either gonna get KTFO'd in the first or get interpretive danced to a UD loss
interpretive danced to a UD loss Thats fucken funny shit right there,
fatbellyfrank- July 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Muchos gracias Ricardo

And I guess the rule of thumb is as follows:
If you contribute to an MMA site, you will get harassed because you wrote about
1 The wrong fighters
2 You were disrespectful to the fighters
3 You showed to much respect for the fighters
4 You tried humour and should stick to serious articles
5 You tried a serious article and you should stick to humour
6WTF would you know you never stepped in the cage

I could go on but I'm sure you get the picture.
In closing, to all contributing authors on all MMA sites ( except the no dick fucktards on BE) Keep up the good work Gentlemen, the majority of us appreciate your efforts. Thank you

Dick_Gozenya- July 18, 2010 at 6:48 pm
Si, senior. Poner tu dollares adentro lo culo de Anderson.

I also find this piece of information you are bringing to light quite ironically humorous, but then again my life is steeped in irony so I am quite good at recognizing it. Since I got dropped off on the doorstep in a gunny sack about the same time the Ol' Man (coincidence? who knows) hit the road I have no idea what all the fuss has been about. Apparently you can't make anybody happy. These Cagepotato goons have it all figured out because they don't even try anymore (jokes).
fatbellyfrank- July 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm
So, just to clarify Dicky Boy, your saying drop your cash on Anderson?
fatbellyfrank- July 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm
Unrelated, but Ironic, this comment taken from Olddads site "ben, i know you try to be humorous with your writing but that intro little half paragraph made you sound pretty ignorant."
Looks like old dads getting HIS balls busred by his new kids,
Is that a wry smile I detect MRuss?
Dick_Gozenya- July 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm
You know, that thought had crossed my mind. But I still won't vote for him.
PurplePancake- July 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm
In your hypothetical scenario, I'm just impressed that Sonnen wins after Andy blasts his eyeball to bits. I would think he deserves to win if he can still fight with a popped eyeball.
Dick_Gozenya- July 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm
Chael Sonnen must lose. If he wins, the whole planet will be wrenched into another time-dimension where fifteen years from now Chael Sonnen is president of the United Federation of North America. Chael will have a live video-blog every Tuesday shit talking the progress of the United Federations greatest enemy: the North Pakreastanese, even as their Russiastan surplus ICBM's rain down on the deserted nuclear wasteland that was once Canada (gotta love those Indonesian missile guidance systems). He'll sit there smugly, glaring into the camera with his one good eye (he lost the other one when Anderson knocked it out of his head with a spinning back heel), and declare that the Pakreastanese don't have enough marbles to shoot at this sand circle. He'll be like Baghdad Bob, Joseph Goebbels, and Kim Jong Il all rolled into one: "The scurvy dogs are on the run, our glorious cause marches onwards to infinity, the enemy spends more time on their backs than a pornstar with a mortgage payment and a high-performing 401k investment portfolio." All while Canada is a smoking wasteland and the impoverished survivors of South-central North America try desperately to get over the 60 foot tall electrified razor-wire structure that was originally erected to keep the brown South North Americans from mixing with the white Central North Americans but now only serves to keep po' folk out of the rich folk's sea-side tropical time shares. If you think you can stand hearing Chael Sonnen's horribly grating voice babbling incoherently out of your television for the rest of your future life, than go ahead and root for him. I, however, can not bear to entertain such terrible notions. I will not live in that future. So I am going for Anderson, because, in all honesty, Chael doesn't stand a chance anyway.
danomite- July 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm
I'm glad Shawn Tompkins doesn't let something like an 0-4 record get in the way of him insulting another man's fighting ability. I certainly don't let my 0-0 record get in my way.
jimbonics- July 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm
Still waiting for Dana to "make it up to the fans" for the Abu Dhabi fiasco...
Jim Harbaugh Scramble- July 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm
I hate Anderson, guy is a toolbox.

So I'm rooting hard for Sonnen.

But let's be honest Sonnen is either gonna get KTFO'd in the first or get interpretive danced to a UD loss.

I think Vitor actually has a better chance at beating Silva than he does at Sonnen. Vitor never matched up well with wrestlers, besides his KTFO of Matt No chin Lindland.
Abidon- July 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm
Anderson is way to powerful for Chael, he'll chew him up in the first two rounds. My prediction is Silva late in round 2 by serious beatdown.
Shibumi- July 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm
@ dungadang- if he can avoid gettin' KTFO'd on the way in, and submitted once they're down, (askin' alot) he's got a chance! ; )

Romeo_Must_Rock- July 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm
Round 1, 00:47 - Sonnen submits Silva via Verbal Beating
Shibumi- July 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm
Would love to see Sonnen pull it off, however unlikely. Guess I just like rootin' for the underdog. (good cartoon) Even if he "lays and prays" for the win, I'D be on my feet. Gotta say I wouldn't put money on 'im tho.
meanfinger- July 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm
@almost north: thats for reals.. andy silva" the gay bouncer at the pink poodle that sells mexican 20 sacks"

watch anderson break his hand and have to get pounded for 5 rounds. i want to see that homo lose just to see all you fags cry on the message boards.
Joedirt- July 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm
I just want Silva to lose. Sonnen... ok... but I'd like to see Belfort do it. They both rely more on their standup striking and both have a solid boxing background. Belfort is 1-0 professionally as a boxer and Silva is 1-1. Be an interesting match up. I hope Vitor builds his cardio up for it.
DangadaDang- July 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm
The fact that people actually think he stands a chance means Chael does not stand a chance.
Almost North- July 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm
"Andy Silva" sounds like a guy you buy shitty 20 sacks from.
TheMadness- July 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm
I hope that the UFC does bet against Sonnen, because it will be hilarious if he pulls of the upset a la Shields and Werdum.
NastyGuido- July 18, 2010 at 11:38 am
first! cant wait to see Andy take out Chael!

im 22 rows back at 117!!