There still hasn’t been any clarification on whether Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva will face off following Wand’s decision loss to Rich Franklin this past weekend. Dana White said no, International Grand Poobah Marshall Zelaznik said yes. For what it’s worth, Vitor is saying he’d rather not:
“Actually, [Wanderlei] is a fight that will not take me to the title. I mean, I would face Wanderlei… but only because its the fight the fans want to see. Whatever the UFC decides, it has to be done. I don’t know how long he will get medical suspension because he took many hits, both he and Rich Franklin actually,” he told SPORTV.COM (translated by Fighters Only)
“I guess Wanderlei will be able to fight in October but I only want that my next bout that accredits me to dispute the belt. I don’t know, maybe Michael Bisping. I was only defeated once recently, by Anderson Silva, and all my wins were very convincing.
“Joe Rogan spoke with me that it makes all sense, unless Hector Lombard wins very well over Tim Boetsch. And Lorenzo Fertitta told me that I would dispute the title if I had beat Wanderlei.”
It shouldn’t be a surprise with Brazil so hot right now that the UFC wants to line Vitor Belfort up for another crack at the title. Sure, it was barely a year and a half ago that the two fought the first time. But with Vitor sucking foot minutes into the first round there’s enough unanswered questions that it’s a fight worth seeing again. And a fight that’d bring in tons of interest and PPV sales, things the UFC has been hurting for these past several months.