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Vitor Belfort May Be Winner of the ‘Who Gets to Fight Wanderlei Silva’ Sweepstakes, Dana White Says

(Who says you can’t go home? Pic: SB Nation)

Sometimes it feels like nearly every middleweight fighter not crippled, crazy or comatose has gone on record in the last few months expressing a desire to fight Wanderlei Silva. At the risk of turning this post into a glorified game of MMA telephone, the reconstructed timeline looks something like this … buckle up, because this is going to get complicated …

Chael Sonnen called out Wanderlei a while back – and the two were briefly rumored as “TUF” coaches – before it turned out Sonnen had a little something-something he had to take care of first. That left Chris Leben to call out Wanderlei following his win over Yoshihiro Akiyama, only to fall to Brian Stann and then see Stann steal his idea. A bout between Stann and Silva was even fleetingly confirmed, before it seemed like Wanderlei begged off, saying he didn’t want to play the heel against an American Hero. Silva himself then turned around and called out Vitor Belfort, but Belfort ignored that come-on and said he wanted to fight Michael Bisping. (Bisping being the guy you call out if you haven’t already called out Wanderlei Silva, we guess.) OK, deep breath. You with us so far?

This week Leben reiterated his desire to fight Wanderlei and then Wanderlei supporters allegedly launched a Twitter revolution directed at Dana White, urging him to make the fight between the two sluggers. Guess what, though? White ain’t even trying to hear that, see. He wants Wanderlei to fight Belfort, maybe in a big money fight at UFC Rio later this year. But NOW guess who may not want to fight Vitor? That’s right, Wanderlei. Wait, what? An attempt to make sense of it all after the jump …

White stopped short of confirming the fight on Thursday during one of his now semi-regular interviews with Ariel Helwani. Word on the street is that those two are thinking about getting a place together, since they’ve been hanging out so much lately. Anyway, Helwani asked White if the Silva vs. Leben fight was going to become reality, to which Big DW responded thusly:

“No, that’s (just) what Wanderlei wants, that’s not the fight we want for Wanderlei,” White said. “We want Vitor Belfort. Wanderlei vs. Vitor, that’s the fight I want. Wanderlei knows I want that fight and Vitor’s ready to roll.”

“Does Wanderlei not want it?” Helwani asked.

“I don’t know,” White trumpeted, sounding very much like a guy whose company just solidified his position as The King of MMA over the weekend. “Let’s find out.”

“Maybe in Rio?” Helwani asked.

“Run and tweet that, homeboy,” White responded, dating himself a bit there.

Makes sense to us. If the UFC has the chance to put a megafight together for its return to Brazil, it might as well do it. Since Vitor blitzed Silva in just 44 seconds way back at UFC 17.5, we have to assume that’d be a rematch both would take, too. We have no idea why White sort of implies that Silva might not be interested in the fight all of a sudden.

As for Wanderlei vs. Leben? Yeah, that does sound like a fun one, but given that neither guy is going anywhere (both are subject to be fighting well into their golden years), that particular matchup will still be just as fun if the UFC feels like throwing it together somewhere down the road.

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BIGHAL- March 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm
Im not that much of a fedor fan "yet" but i do think if he were to get down to LHW then i can see him doing extremely well there as he has in the HW division. then again he has the likes of jon jones, possibly anderson silva in the future as well, and several others. but i just think that jon jones will be the 205 lb dominator for a few yrs to come. i really would love to see nick diaz back in the ufc. he is actually one of my favorite fighters. he is an asshole, punk, and thats just to name a couple of things out of the many that he is. i love his stand up and the way he just peppers the hell out of his enemy. i really cant wait to see how this whole thing is going to pan out now that zuffa owns strikeforce.
Bootylam- March 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm
Shit, got on to post how I want to see Wand v Leben, like them both, good shot for a win for both and a fucking badass fight for the fans because of their style. Wand can't get near Belfort right now. Instead I caught the flaming cheesedick convention. Where'd all these fish come from?
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- March 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm
Yes sir, sorry sir! You have a lot of anger issues. Back off the roids a little.
HA! Just fuckin with ya! Go Wipe Mommanasty chin for me
BIGHAL yea good point. I have seen several guys using that kick since it happened and, yea that was a fluke kinda thing to get caught with. I would love to see the rematch but that is something that I assume will be some time in the distant future. I am going to open the door for some hate here but if Fedor drops down to LHW, what odds do you give him in a match against Shogun or Jones? Not nut huggin Fedor just want opinions
BIGHAL- March 18, 2011 at 11:50 am
BossNasty- March 18, 2011 at 10:21 am

@ltp-Since i wasn't talking to you, how about you keep slobbin on bighals nuts and mind your business when grown folks are talking, ok chump!
BIGHAL- March 18, 2011 at 10:15 am
@ Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says
LMAO thats awesome that i made an ol'buddy right here on the great cagepotato. here is a high five for you ol'buddy. now about vitor, i dont think he is on the retirement stage of his career. i think he is still a great fighter. just look at who he fought. how many people in this sport expected a fucking front kick like that? in my opinion 95% of fighters today would not have seen that coming or much less survived such a solid kick. now that silva has made such an impact with that kick, everyone will be waiting for it and much more ready for things like that from silva. i think that 7 or 8 out od 10 times, vitor would beat anderson.
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- March 18, 2011 at 9:29 am
@boss, chill you probably couldn't load a "shotty" and if you wanna get big, it's Horse meat not ass meat.
BIGHAL, You are my hero from back in the old days on CP so you calling me an ol' buddy is awsome. I really mean that. you crazy fucker
Does anyone else think that Beforts days are numbered? The more I think about the Silva fight the more I think he looked out of place in the octagon. Maybe it was just that Silva is that good but I have a feeling Vitor is on th way to retirement. You heard it here first
BIGHAL- March 18, 2011 at 9:25 am
calm down now sunshine cause i'm not a fighter either, and i was only playing with you. i freaking hate guns so i guess you have just defeated me without me ever having to leave the house. CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG????????????
BossNasty- March 18, 2011 at 8:09 am
@I'm very ammused, but let's not get ANYTHING twisted. I love MMA but I ain't no MMA fighter. If you came out here with ill intentions directed at me, I'll hit your ass up with a couple of shotty rounds and send you home minus a couple pounds of ass meat.
BIGHAL- March 18, 2011 at 7:58 am
@Captain Mush, i'm dead serious, and i'm 13 bitches.
@Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says , i own all these bitches, other then you cause your my ol'buddy "for now"
@bossnasty, how bout i git meself another pass, and come out there, and kick your ass bitch.
BossNasty- March 18, 2011 at 6:59 am

Ok your pass from yesterday is expired. Vitor get a rematch with A Silva so soon? Get the fuck outta here. He got ran through, no competition at all. Besides what he did in 50 fucking years ago in the octogon he shouldn't have even had the title shot he just got. He should have at least 3 fights before he gets another shot. Actually Silva should just go to 205 and GSP should come up to 185 because the both of them are too good for the weightclass they're in.
myklhoey- March 18, 2011 at 6:28 am
@el famos burrto
potatos in canada are called frnch whores backed in american ham grease.
i kinda agree wit you exsept on the lossin respect to silva, i still hav repect for mad old school dudes who built the game and are still tryin to play but cant keep up wit the freshness of the sport.
i do think its a punk move for dudes to call him out knowin hes not the same dude who was yokin people in pride, but hay if i was fight and wanted to make a name id wieght till fedor was 72 and then call him a bitch.
on a side note speakin of old school cats who stay in to long, who do all you lill big liped bithches who keep talkin shit about rampage feel. this dudes been in it for a minute and still is in the top, and all he has is take down defence iron chin and big hands, and GOD willin one day get back to some wrestlin.
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- March 18, 2011 at 5:36 am
Make all these assholes your bitches. You will always be first to me!
I agree I hate anderson and would love to see a rematch of Silva Vs Belfort. You know what I like Wanderlei but I think he is getting to that Liddel point in his life. Time is the greatest teacher...she just kills all her students
Captain Mush- March 18, 2011 at 3:39 am
BIGHAL are you serious with the 'first bitches' post shit?
How fucking old are you.

Wandy Belfort sounds good but i don't think Wandy still has enough fight in him to last against Belfort.
Dagnut- March 18, 2011 at 2:29 am
Maybe you guys should sign Helwani?
BIGHAL- March 17, 2011 at 11:39 pm
dude what the fuck is wrong with you, and all you zzzzzzzzzzzz's bullshit? you are the worst troll on the planet. a piece of shit like you dont even make it interesting to fuck with on here you fucking idiot. hang yourself already you stupid fuckin bitch.
Dinksmack- March 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm
Silva vs Wang... dudes chin's gonzo
SmokinGoodDFW- March 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm
This fight makes pretty good sense. Two legends. Would hate to see soenen get a fight he is beggin for. Either way, should b a good watch. Prob pull for Wandy
Bomber Man- March 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm
Wanderlei is still one of my favorite fighters, despite a seemingly mediocre record of his past 5 bouts. But I admire the guy.
RwilsonR- March 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm
I actually think they should give Leben the fight as a reward for taking on Akiyama just weeks after his last fight. The loss to Stann tarnishes it a bit, but Leben earned a little good will, IMO.
jimbonics- March 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm
Ouch on the Helwani jab.
macreadysshack- March 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm
I still have room in my heart for Wanderlei to start destroying fools again. Not a whole lot of hope in my head but I gots room in my heart. Just let him stomp or soccer kick again. Maybe in Rio. He'll get his super powers back if only he could stomp the shit out of somebody.
nickyroose- March 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm
One article three CAPSLOCKFORQUEER comments, man Izzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Mongrel- March 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm
Unlike, fightfan, I haven't lost any respect for Wand.
I mean, the guy is coming off of some serious knee-surgeries and needs to ease into it, and he knows it.
Now that Belfort is permanently off the gear (due to the UFC) he's not really going to be that serious a threat to Wand. I think it could be anyone's fight, and same goes for a Leben match-up.
What ever happens, I'm always cheering for that wrist-twirling psychotic eye-balling son of a bitch.
fightfan- March 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm
I know Wand is desperately looking for a winnable fight, but I'm starting to lose a little repect in him. Silva is desperately in need of a quality win. In the past 5 years Wand is a dismal 2-5, with his only wins against glass chin Jardine & everyone's favorite douchebag(Bisping).

I was feeling bad for the fact that every decent MW is wanting to use Wand a stepping stone. I hate to say it, but I think even Wand knows his best days are long gone. He knows the best chance he has at winning is Leben. So he is turning down fight after fight after fight, even fights that he agreed to(Vitor Belfort). I just dont see Wand beating any top MWs in the UFC, and even some of the middle of the packs guys.

RIP Wandy