Eyebrows were raised earlier this week when Vitor Belfort’s wife announced that Vitor was not interested in fighting Tim Kennedy, nor anyone else at 185. The only middleweight fight he would accept was a fight for the title. Otherwise, the fight MUST be at 205 pounds or even heavyweight! How’d that go over with UFC brass? About how you’d expect.
“Vitor drives me crazy,” White said. “I’m not dealing with Vitor. [UFC chairman and CEO] Lorenzo [Fertitta] is dealing with Vitor.
“Vitor didn’t want that fight [with Kennedy], Vitor doesn’t like that fight. So I said, ‘Let’s do him and Rashad. He wants to fight at a heavier weight, let’s do him and Rashad.’ I haven’t heard back from [Belfort] on that one yet.”
One tiny detail White left out of that: Vitor Belfort trains with Rashad Evans. Evans, no stranger to getting fucked in the ass by UFC machinations, quickly tried to remove himself from the conversation:
“I won’t fight Vitor,” said Evans, who trains with Belfort at Jaco Hybrid Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla. “I won’t fight Thiago Silva. I won’t fight Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira. I won’t fight anybody who I train with!
“I made that mistake before, and I won’t do that again. I lost a lot of relationships because I did that before.”
So the sudden saga of Vitor Belfort’s next opponent continues, with Lorenzo Fertitta now on the case. The UFC needs Belfort for one of its two fall cards in Brazil, but they also don’t want to start giving in to strange and honestly pretty stupid demands from their big name fighters. At this point you get the feeling Dana White wants to tell Vitor he’ll fight at 185 against who they say and like it. Hence soft touch Fertitta, who may be willing to bend a little bit in negotiations but isn’t about to put up with much more bullshit.
Why Vitor is rocking the boat when he’s so close to that big money rematch with Silva is unclear. Perhaps it’s all just a ploy to get some extra attention from his corp-daddies. Now is the time to be a difficult bastard if you want it guaranteed in writing that you get the next title shot at middleweight. All this stuff about weight classes and opponents could just be a show for the public. If that’s the case, Vitor is becoming as talented of an artiste as Anderson Silva.