Vitor Belfort refuses to fight abroad, as the UFC tune-up a Silva vs Sonnen rematch for late December

It looks like the uncertainty around who will be Anderson Silva’s next opponent, finally clears up. Self-proclaimed number one contender for a shot at Silva’s title, Vitor Belfort, recently revealed to that he refused to participate in UFC’s Germany event (UFC 122), claiming that he’s too tired traveling from one country to another. Belfort also wrote a message on his Twitter account, promising that he will still fight in November (probably UFC 123 on Nov. 20th), not against Chael Sonnen:

“I talked to Lorenzo (Fertitta) this week and will return in November. I just asked him to not be (on the November card in Germany). I’m tired of traveling. I would like to return to fighting here in America. According to my conversation with Lorenzo, my opponent will not be Sonnen, but another guy that will be decided soon.

With the help of Shawn Tompkins, Ray Sefo and all the partners here, I hope to reach my best shape soon. I am eager to return to my training routine as well as very happy here.”

Less than 24 hours after Vitor Belfort’s message on Twitter, LA Times Journalist Lance Pugmire stated that the Ultimate Fighting Championship are currently lining up a New Year’s Eve or SuperBowl rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. If true, this means that Vitor Belfort will square off against Yushin Okami, in what seems like a legit #1 Contender fight for the shot at the UFC Middleweight Title.

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  • blackhouse

    HOLY F**K…thats nuts.

  • Conan

    There should not be any rematch! The Spider beat him fair by pulling late submission! It did not go to a decision.

  • diegomaka

    What’s the source of the Okami info? Or so far is it just speculation?

  • DutchFighting

    Whatever, Sonnen showed he’s a good match for the Spider, so if the Spider beat him fair, why not beat him again… I sense some fear…

    BTW, I hope the fight card for UFC 122 will be announced soon, I’m from the Netherlands and to Oberhausen is just a 2 hour drive for me. I hope the UFC will give us a nice card, so the European fans will be satisfied for a while.

  • UnderdogGreatness

    There SHOULD NOT be rematch whatsoever…If this is true, it’s B.S


    Chael earned a rematch. I’ve never heard of a fighter saying he didn’t want to fight on a certain card due to issue’s with traveling.

    Still hyped to see how Vitor will do under Shawn Tompkins.

  • Conan

    Sure Sonnen deserves a rematch, but not immidiate. Probably, after two more fights if he wins and AS keeps winning.

  • Conan

    Sonnen quoted himself that he fell asleep when AS pulled his submission! In the real street or war fight, there would not be any rematches. AS finished Chael.

  • mtnman

    Yes he does earn a rematch.. hes the only fighter that gave him hell ,, this time Sonnen will beat him if they have a rematch.. i think that is why ppl dont want this rematch

  • UnderdogGreatness

    The sequel is usually NOT as good as the first one… This fight WILL NOT be like the first one, however, it’s just going to be the same result. If you actually think that Sonnen is going to do the same thing he did, well you’re making a big mistake. I hope you don’t bet your home on it.

  • WingChun

    @ Conan

    I’m a Sonnen fan, a Spider fan as well, for that matter, but was pulling for CS to win, however, he did not. He was beaten, fair and square, by Anderson late in round 5, after Anderson had taken a beating for 4.5 rounds – good for him and it was an exceptionally exciting fight.

    With that said and as much as I loved the fight and want to see them fight again – there should not be a rematch. I personally am not a fan of the “immediate” rematch; I think it lessens the value of a fight; a fighter can sit back and say to himself…if I lose, I’ll get a re-match…no big deal. This is not UFC best 2 out of 3.

    Chael lost – he must now work his way back; which I have all the confidence (that) he will. Spider’s next fight should be against Vitor, whenever that can happen.

  • griffin

    I really hope Cheal will train his BJJ for this fight and wins it. The MW division would be so much more interesting with a new champ. Too much drama around the Spider these days..

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  • UnderdogGreatness

    I didn’t really like the first paragraph lol, but I finally, finally, finally agree with you.

  • Drago

    Althouth Sonnen surprised me a lot and I see his rank going up even thou he lost, I really dont think this is the best for MMA fans. Silva has only 2 more fights in his countract and I dont know if he wants to renew it or if he will retire. That said, I would rather see a stand up war against Belfort and, for instance, going up to fight Rua (another stand up war with two brilliant, creative and explosive strikers), than seeing a rematch.

    First of all, we saw the best of Sonnen, everything went his way, he even managed to clip Silva a couple of times. The gameplan went perfectly, the take downs were constant with almost no resistance, he stayed on top droping bombs, hiting Silva almost 300 times (record on the UFC). Everything Sonnen hopped. And it was as good as it gets really. I cant see Sonnen doing any better than this…

    On the other hand, we can see Silva much much better than this. After the fight, Sonnen seemed worst than Silva and he was only hit a couple of times. Sonnen can only win by decision. Silva can stop him in many ways, in fact, Silva did win fair and square. If this was a real fight, he would have strangled him, end of story.

    IMO, and although Sonnen won my respect (despite the trash talk which was excessive by far), Sonnen lost, Silva should now be facing other challenges in his career, that one was overcome!

  • Rigo

    it isnt that bad , i mean Belfort hasent even fight at 185!
    beside we all know Belfort will beat everyone on his path to the title

    so Belfort is getting a title fight sonner or later

    while on the other hand as much as i dislike instant rematch’s
    ( aside from Shogun vs Machida) i think Sonnen vs Silva would be great , Sonnen prove his Champion material putting the so called untouchable Silva on bad places , dropping him on the stand up and dominating him on the ground until he pull the submission victory

    after all he did i really think he deserves the title and now he will have a second chance , if Silva wins again then theres no more to be said.

    besides who will fight Anderson if its not Sonnen theres no other contenders beside from Belfort or Sonnen

    at the end the best fighter will be the champion who ever is Belfort ,Sonnen or Silva! my guess is 2011 will have the best Middleweight Champion for sure.

  • Ninja

    If Vitor won’t fight in Germany then he would be on the same card as Rampage vs Machida which is sick, his opponent is prolly going to be Leben and the winner gets a title shot

  • David Saucier

    In a real street fight silva wouldnt be able to get a restart back on the feet after 5 minutes.

  • falcon4917

    Yet he may have found a way up where as Chael if he’s out can not make up any lost ground.

  • DaddyLongStrokes

    Silva would get up maybe after 10 minutes but then he would get brought back down on to the concrete floor in a few seconds. So the whole street fight thing would more then likely go in Sonnen’s favor

  • falcon4917

    In that 10 minutes he might get his triangle too. It’s all speculative anyway.

  • japanegro23

    Got to agree with Rigo. No fights at 185 = no title shot.

  • japanegro23

    Haha I think in the street fight AS would kill Sonnen. 289 strikes and no finish. I don’t think Sonnen could ever finish him if he couldn’t get it done in their fight.

  • japanegro23

    That would be a nice fight.

  • japanegro23

    I don’t think BJJ would help him. He would just have to do what he did for and extra half round.

  • hondata79

    That would be sick ! Belfort vs Leben for a shot at the belt !

  • hondata79

    Why would Belfort deserve a title shot over Leben ?

    Leben 3 wins in a row at 185

    Belfort 0 and been laid off for a year

    I just dont get all the Belfort talk as of late, you should have to EARN
    your shot, not just get it because of your name.

    Okami and Leben win fights at 185, and should be rewarded.

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  • sickb

    why he earned a rematch? silva beat sonnen fairly and thats it, being on top of silva for 22 min trowing a lot of punches and not hurting him doesn`t deserve a rematch

  • sickb

    and what about anderson training in wrestling and take down defense, this is just plain bull shit.

  • DaddyLongStrokes

    well with no gloves and concrete floor then takedowns would be that much more effective. Punches would start cutting the face open more. And Chael trying to get Silva from holding on for dear life by slamming Silva on the floor with his chest would end up killing Silva. So i would give the win to Sonnen =]….hypothetical situation though

  • Dabs

    The best MW Champ ever is AS…period!!! It will take maybe up to 25 years before we see another in that division.

  • bluntsandbeers

    chael sonnen showed hes the real deal. silva was hurt but still nobody who silva faced in his CAREER did that too him. i hate chael but he really is a great middleweight fighter

  • Joey Santosus

    I couldn’t agree more. Most of all with the statement “This is not UFC best 2 out of 3.” It absolutely does lessen the value. Since when does ALMOST winning earn you an immediate rematch? If Sonnen himself is such a black and white guy, then I am sure he would agree. Belfort may not deserve a shot, but he was promised one…. and if not Vitor, why not Okami? Yushin is 9-2 in the UFC and is the only man on the roster with a win recorded over Silva…

  • ckantor420

    this makes more sense, didnt ever understand why belfort was instantly rewarded a title shot after 1 win in the ufc after coming back,would much rather see if chael can do the same thing with a healthier silva, and also agree on okami and leben being higher on the contender list.

  • bluntsandbeers

    vitor and silva would make more money lol sad but true :/

  • UnderdogGreatness

    It’s just crazy to me that Chael Sonnen has earned himself an immediate rematch for ALMOST winning. Anderson Silva may not have that many fights left in him, so why waste one agains’t a man he has already beaten?

  • japanegro23

    I never really thought about that but I agree. Leben wouldn’t be able to take too many of those punches in bunches from Vitor. Definitely an interesting matchup.

  • japanegro23

    I hear ya DLS but personally I think I would have a chance at killing you if I struck you 289 times while holding pillows in my hands haha. You might be right though. The takedowns would do damage depending on where they fought. We need to have streetfighting polls….

  • japanegro23

    Well takedown defense would help but Chael is so relentless with his takedowns. Some people are just hard to stop.

  • Joey Santosus

    Thats a good point tho. Who knows if he will re-sign either. He mentioned that he was considering retirement before Nog talked him out of it. As much as I hope he sticks around, I wouldn’t blame him for walking away. Its sad how his fans and his promotion betrayed him after all the great fights and highlight reel moments he has given them.

  • Joey Santosus

    Hmmm…. I don’t know. Not saying Leben would win it, but he has a solid chin for sure.

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  • WingChun


    …that is a very acute, observation. This is, afterall, rules fighting.

  • WingChun

    @ falcon

    …but he didn’t; it took the better part of 25 minutes; advantage Sonnen.

  • WingChun

    @ JPG23

    LOL!!!!! @ “we need to have streetfighting polls…”


  • WingChun

    @ JPG23 (The Wise)

    In regard to – Some people are just hard to stop.

    Quoting Michael, from “The Office”…”that’s what she said.”

  • DaddyLongStrokes

    but its a streetfight. i imagine street is in the middle of the street haha. You should get a buddy and tape some pillows to your fists and just pound on him 289 times and you can type up an article whether Chael has pillow hands or is Silva that resilient…its probably a little of both to be honest lol

  • DaddyLongStrokes

    Yeah Sonnen is polite enough to have a place ready for Silva’s career to rest =]

  • blackhouse

    the spider had bad ribs and still beat sonnen! a rematch with good ribs he will beat him even faster this time around….

  • japanegro23

    Haha! He says that to everything.

  • japanegro23

    Didn’t he leave the show????

  • Hdownmma

    @ DutchFighting
    People do fear the rematch. Why in the hell would everyone want to see a striker fight silva and think it would be a match?? Leben is doing well but what in his game has he changed..he swings sloppy bombs and gets hit a lot. silva will pick him apart. Vitor out striking way. But someone like Sonnen who can put him on his back poses a real threat. Silva one fair and square but it was very one sided for 95% of the fight. As a champ that should weigh on your mind and make you want a rematch.

  • moots

    Who cares about a street fight, this is MMA.

  • Drewfloyd

    Belfort fought terry martin and matt lindlandwhom he both knocked out at middleweight before fighting rich as a replacement for hendo.

  • DaddyLongStrokes

    Silva will retire long before Sonnen retires……not a knock against Silva or anything but its just facts.. Plus Sonnen is a wrestler and he can probably gut out the age thing like Matt Hughes and Randy Couture