(Video courtesy YouTube/MMAPrime)
When Chael Sonnen came within an arm’s length of tasting victory against Anderson Silva Saturday night and instead got a mouthful of Anderson Silva’s sweaty cup and his arm nearly torn off for the effort, Vitor Belfort‘s chances of getting the next shot at "The Spider" may have gone out the window.
Had Anderson dominated Chael or vice versa, the need for Belfort to challenge either man would never have been greater.
But since Sonnen shone a light on weaknesses in Silva that we had never seen exposed before in the dominant champ and Anderson revealed after the fight that he wasn’t firing on all cylinders due to a nagging rib injury, many fans are now clamoring for a second glimpse at these two fighters in the Octagon. Now it’s looking like if it does come to fruition, the fight may not happen until next spring.
So where does that leave Belfort?
It’s looking like the Brazilian will be resigned to the fact that he will once again be the bridesmaid but not the bride, while he sits with teeth clenched waiting to see who he’ll dance with at the reception.
In the above interview with MMAPrime’s Aaron Tru, Belfort, who hasn’t fought in nearly a year due to injury, explains that he isn’t interested in sitting and waiting for Silva to recover from his rib injury if it means he’ll be out another seven or eight months and says that he will fight whomever the UFC wants him to.
Belfort maintains that his number one focus is to win the belt and says he wouldn’t make the same mistake Sonnen made that led to the fight-ending triangle by Silva.
Arguably the most interesting segment of the interview is when Tru asks him if he feels that it’s Silva’s manager Ed Soares’ place to get involved in the back and forth between fighters like he did with Chael Sonnen. Shaking his head in disgust, Belfort call Soares "a clown"and said that the unofficial UFC translator needs to stop mistranslating his clients’ interview responses to make his fighters look better.
You have to do a lot to piss Vitor off enough that he smack-talks you.