Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort would like to face the winner of the Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann MMA fight, scheduled for Oct. 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Belfort was originally given the honor of welcoming San Shou legend Cung Le into the Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 139, but was forced out by an undisclosed injury. Belfort feels he’ll be ready before the year is over, and he’s currently hoping for a spot on UFC 141.
Belfort feels a fight with either Sonnen or Stann will help him move up the UFC’s middleweight rankings. Belfort would rather face Sonnen though, given all the derogatory comments the Portland native has made about Brazilians in the past.
“One opponent I really want, I hope Chael wins,” Belfort said in a recent interview with MMAJunkie.com. “I really want to fight him. I think the winner of that fight, me and Chael, we’d be [ready] to fight for the title. His fighting always (goes) to a decision. He’s a boring fighter, but I’ll make sure that fight will end up quick, and I’ll give him a fight he’s never had in his life…I promise that.”
With Anderson out for the rest of the year due to his shoulder injury, an MMA fight between Sonnen and Belfort does make some sense. The bad blood between the two MMA fighters alone should make it an interesting fight.
If Sonnen gets past Brian Stann at UFC 141, Anderson Silva would seem like the next logical choice. Even the dullest UFC fight card would immediately become a huge draw if Silva vs. Sonnen II was added to the event.
A fight against Belfort could rob the UFC of their chance to capitalize on Sonnen’s reputation as the man who almost beat Anderson Silva. Belfort already has wins over tough wrestlers like UFC legend Randy Couture and Matt Lindland, and he probably wouldn’t have any problems against Sonnen. Good fight for MMA fans, not really good for business.