Vitor Belfort talks about his shoulder injury and Demian Maia’s chances

UFC Middleweight contender Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort had to withdraw from a title fight against Anderson “The Spider” Silva at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. It was revealed that Belfort had a chronic shoulder injury that prevented him from fighting at his full potention. In an exclusive interview to TATAME.com Belfort talks about his future, injury and who can challenge Silva for the UFC Middleweight Title:

“I have this problem since last year. I felt my shoulder and did an infiltration to the fight against Jorge Santiago. Then I did it three more times. I was going to fight Anderson in January, but I kept training hard and the UFC was forced to postpone the fight. We did a MRI and doc Michel Simoni, one of the best in Brazil and well known overseas, said there was no way, to be 100% I’d have to stop. Now I’ll be back only five months from now.”

Having this problem for a year, means that Belfort fought the former Champion Rich Franklin with an already injured shoulder. “The Phenom” revealed that he was unaware of how serious his injury was, and it has nothing to do with the difference between Rich Franklin and Anderson Silva:

“I had this injury and didn’t know how bad it was, and it only got worse. It was getting worse and then, three fights later, my shoulder couldn’t handle it anymore. The rhythm is intense, this injury was in the left shoulder and that’s bad, because I’m a southpaw. I am not afraid to fight Anderson like many people say.”

Vitor Belfort’s withdrawal with just 2 months before the title fight put UFC in a very difficult situation. With Chael Sonnen in the mix and the fellow Brazilian Demian Maia as an already confirmed replacement, Belfort refused to discuss their chances against “The Spider”:

“I will mind my own business… I’ll take care of myself, in what I have to do. Anyone inside there has chances; the important is going there confident. They are both a very good fighters. The only thing I can say is that my opponent should be careful for when I come back.”

Vitor Belfort is currently 19-8 in his Mixed Martial Arts career, and is expected to make his return in November or December. Belfort’s replacement, Demian Maia, will have to wait until he is cleared by Athletic Commission to fight Anderson Silva, before the UFC officially announce the fight.


8 Comments

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    Juliano

    February 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Demian Maia grade finalizador, mas contra Spider Man ele tem no maximo 20%, caso de azarão. Anderson muito mas completo, acho que hoje Anderson Silva não tem nenhuma adversario a altura , luta contra Belfort teria pouco mas de equilibrio mesmo assim fico com Anderson, gostaria que Spider subisse de categoria e lutasse contra evans, thiago silva, rampage e lyoto na atual categoria silva predomina.

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    Jizzle11

    February 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Well now we know for sure that Silva will win

    Maia will never get him to the ground…another Thales Leites

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    Krogan

    February 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    It’s a pointless fight for sure, at least BJ will still be fighting in at the event.

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    YoMama

    February 14, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Fedor again dude??? This story isn’t even about that overrated russian. Just stick to the basics man… Hey on the bright side you spelled all of the words right this time.

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    YoMama

    February 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

    This dude is bad guys. Do not believe that he is scared for one second. I think when he does get back to fighting Anderson is still going to be champ so we will be seeing this fight, just might take a little longer than expected. To comment on all the comments above… NO ONE absolutely no one has come close to beating this guy. Even Cote who took him to the 3rd round.

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    dropkickmurphy

    February 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I think that Silva was very close to being finished by Travis Lutter in their fight. Yeah Silva won, but he was definitely challenged. Maia is the best BJJ guy out there but he will have a tough time in this fight for sure.

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    rflynn

    February 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    hmm because fedor and anderson are in the same weight class now arent they……

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    rflynn

    February 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    hendo was the only guy to take him down…..maia wont be able to in (just my opinion) and look what marquardt did to him inside 30 seconds…..silva will win by tko i think

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