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No_Mercy 07-31-2013 02:20 PM

Vitor Belfort Wants Chael Sonnen Next, Sonnen Accepts Under One Condition
Very fun match up! Belfort has been on a search and destroy mission ever since his loss to Anderson and the LHW title holder. That says a lot about his mindset these days.


A planned match for later this year pitting Vitor Belfort against former Strikeforce middleweight contender Tim Kennedy has now been scrapped after the Brazilian opted against taking the fight.

Belfort is currently riding a two-fight win streak with knockout victories over Michael Bisping and former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold, but sits on the outside looking in for a title fight at 185 pounds while awaiting the UFC 168 rematch between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva to be settled.

Belfort's wife Joana Prado recently told UFC Tonight that her husband has no desire to face Kennedy or any other middleweight unless he's competing for the UFC belt at 185 pounds. He would happily stay busy in the interim fighting at a catchweight of 195 pounds, light heavyweight or even heavyweight, but no fights at middleweight make sense except the title fight.

One fight that does interest him, however, is a showdown with UFC bad boy Chael Sonnen.

Sonnen is just a couple of weeks away from a light heavyweight bout against former UFC champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, which will air on Fox Sports 1. After that fight is finished, Sonnen has already expressed his desire to return to the middleweight division after a brief stay at 205 pounds.

While his focus remains on Rua right now, Sonnen says he would happily accept Belfort's challenge, but only if the stakes are raised a bit.

Sonnen wants to claim Belfort's status as the No. 1 contender in the middleweight division, so if they can agree to those stipulations, he proposes the fight take place at UFC 168, when Silva will meet Weidman with the belt up for grabs in the main event.

“Vitor, I accept. However, he has a title of No. 1 contender. If he’s willing to put that on line, not only will I fight him, but I’ll do it on December 28. Weidman defends his title, Rousey defends her title, and Vitor, you have a title and I want you to defend it against me," Sonnen shouted on UFC Tonight.

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Belfort and Sonnen have engaged in a war of words in the past, so the fight makes all the sense in the world, but several things have to happen before it could be booked.

First, Sonnen has to beat Rua in his upcoming fight. A loss would mark three defeats in a row for Sonnen, and no matter how much he sells a fight, the UFC could hardly justify putting him in against the No. 1 contender in the division with that kind of record.

Belfort also has to come down off his high horse and agree to meet Sonnen at middleweight instead of a ludicrous catchweight fight that would make no sense whatsoever.

If all the pieces fit into place, however, a Belfort vs. Sonnen showdown at UFC 168 could push that card even further into being possibly the biggest UFC show of all time.

GDPofDRB 07-31-2013 02:22 PM

not a shred of good news in this story. Back room deals to cut in front of winning fighters, yeah sounds like a low Chael would stoop to again. Sonnen has a fight he is about to lose and has no business lobbying for any kind of title shot no matter what. Vitor should have his sights set on a top tier guy, not avoiding logical fights while asking for meaningless fights. Sonnen is a wasted title fight in any division at any point, past present or future.

hellholming 07-31-2013 02:26 PM

sounds like a fun fight to me. :)

Soojooko 07-31-2013 03:35 PM

Time to see who has the best pharmacist.

khoveraki 07-31-2013 03:45 PM

Chael vs. Vitor sounds great and so does Chael or Vitor vs. Weidman, so I don't see what the complaints are.

towwffc 07-31-2013 05:05 PM

I don't think Chael and Vitor are the ones who get to decide if it would be a number 1 contender match or not. But Chael sure tries lol.

Ryan1522 07-31-2013 08:31 PM


Originally Posted by Soojooko (Post 2196409)
Time to see who has the best pharmacist.


I thought the one condition was that they both fight naturally without the aid of TRT.

Naive of me to think either one would be that honourable.

Canadian Psycho 07-31-2013 08:45 PM

Wouldn't even be competitive. Chael via domination.

Chael Sonnen - next MW champion

Guy Incognito 07-31-2013 10:56 PM

Would prefer Vitor Vs Hendo 2.

jonnyg4508 08-01-2013 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Guy Incognito (Post 2197249)
Would prefer Vitor Vs Hendo 2.

Same here. There are so many obvious matchups to make, yet the UFC seems to avoid them in favor of blah fights. Vitor/Hendo 2 would be awesome.

MMA is so weird these days. We have lines of people waiting for title shots sitting out forever. We have guys calling out eachother when 1 of the fighters has a fight coming up. Makes no sense.

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