White Says No To Silva vs. Belfort II

UFC President Dana White let it be known yesterday, that Anderson Silva’s future plans have been set and regardless of the outcome of his bout with Chris Weidman on Saturday night, those plans do not include Vitor Belfort. To contrary, should Silva lose his belt this weekend he will be given an immediate re-match with “The All-American”. However, if “The Spider” retains his belt he’ll be seeking a super-fight with Jon Jones.

Of a re-match between Silva and Belfort, White stated:

“The hard position that Vitor is in is when you talk about a rematch for him, it’s like, he (Silva) kicked him in the face in the first 60 seconds in one of the most devastating knockouts of all-time…So when you go back to Anderson Silva, who’s in the twilight of his career, and you say to a guy like Anderson, what about Vitor?’ He’d say, ‘I annihilated Vitor. I made it look like Vitor isn’t even a fighter we should have been fighting.”

For good reason White’s comments have upset Belfort and to be fair, Belfort has a point.

Since losing to Silva (in February 2011) “The Phenom” has been on an absolute tear. He’s racked up 4 straight stoppage victories within the 185 pound division and has demonstrated himself to be an all but unstoppable force in process.

Beyond his 4 fight winning streak, VB has certified himself to be a company man.

In September of last year and on short-notice (3 weeks) and when no one in the light-heavyweight division would accept a fight with the 205 champion, Belfort stepped-up and volunteered for the role of sacrificial lamb and took the bout. In doing so, VB (with a broken hand going into the match) came closer than any previous fighter in nearly defeating Jones.

In short, Belfort feels that he has “proven” himself “over and over” and that he has earned the title shot.

As he stated to “MMA Junkie”:   “It seems that Anderson wants to go on and do super-fights or whatever, but how can he think of doing a super-fight right now when he has a contender of my caliber waiting to compete for the belt? I have no problem with super-fights, as long as they don’t tie up the belt from other great contenders who deserve a chance to accomplish the greatest moments of their career. But nobody should be able to strip me of the dreams that God gave me and that I have worked so hard to achieve.”

In Belfort’s defense, a correction of the record and as a criticism of White’s position, it should be noted that Victor’s fight with Silva lasted more than 60 seconds (the head kick came at the 3:20 mark) and that other fighters, Bigfoot Silva as one example, have earned re-matches based on far less Octagon achievement.

Personally, I fail to see how Belfort could be denied a title shot. He has earned it. He has more than earned it. He has certainly earned it more than Sonnen did a shot at Jones or even in regard to his re-match with Silva. JDS would be another example. After his trashing at the hands of Cain Velasquez, he has earned a re-match based off of 1 win (Mark Hunt).

On the issue of Silva / Belfort 2, White should set aside his “Alice in Wonderland” logic in favor of MMA pragmatism, which is, if you earn it you get it. Sadly, that seems to sound more like Bjorn Rebney than Dana White these days.


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    enjoylife321

    July 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I think a rematch would be great to see however the UFC are looking for $$$ fights and the quick knock out in the first will be hard to sell to many fans. For example, if you were offered Silva vs belfort 2 or Silva vs Jones the answer would be simple.

    Silva has got to a level now that people expect the best possible and hardest matchups….
    Belfort is deserving however making people believe it is the problem right now. Its not like the chael fight where he dominated for 24 minutes.

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      Brian Cox

      July 5, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      I can live with a Silva / Weidman rematch if Silva loses Saturday. I'm even cool with a Silva / Jones super-fight.

      However, if Silva goes off to fight Jones the division should have an interim belt.
      The division should not be put on hold. Let Silva have his super-fights for sure, but put the belt up for auction and if he's ever interested in defending it again, great. If not, then fine too and the division gets to move on without him.

      As important as he is, he is neither the sport nor the division. 185 needs to be allowed to breath and grow. It can't do that with an absentee landlord.

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        enjoylife321

        July 5, 2013 at 11:07 pm

        @Brian….In a perfect world you would have a ranking system where a guy like Belfort would automatically get the shot if he proved he was the number 1 guy in the division.

        The UFC have done some dodgy things…Holding up the middleweight division and giving Stefan Bonnar a shot ?? Then inducting Stefan Bonnar who lost the ultimate fighter, never won a belt and got caught as a drug cheat…

        This is really Dana's Hall of Famers, not the peoples Hall of Famers because I would never put a guy like stefan in….Otherwise you are going to have 3000 people in the hall of fame that you will wake up some day and say WTF?

        Belfort unfortunately is a victim of the PPV orientation of the business. if another fighter can get an extra 50,000 PPV buys against Silva then the UFc will go with that.

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          Brian Cox

          July 6, 2013 at 1:46 am

          321…I truly do believe title shots are earned. Belfort has earned his. There's no debate about it for me.

          The other thing that ticks me off about this, is that Dana seems to have forgotten the Jones favor and loss and given Vitor absolutely no credit or tip-of-the-cap, for having done so…as in, he owes Belfort one. A little quid pro quo would be nice.

          I'm surprised that you're against Bonnar being in the HOF. I believe the case can be made based off of the TUF finale with Griffin.

          I think the thing to really complain about regarding the HOF is the lack of a legitimate one. They have more than enough money and backing to do it. It would seem to me, the smart thing to do would be build a hotel with a 17,000 seat venue and one designed like an Octagon (with better seating and viewing) and built for the single purpose of MMA. Slap in a casino, restaurants and the HOF and the UFC would have a killer attraction and a gold mine ta boot.

          My 2 cents on the issue.

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            enjoylife321

            July 6, 2013 at 5:30 am

            @Brian…In regards to Bonnar, I'm not upset that he is in, however, I was surprised he got in based on the failed drug test. Not that the failed drug test had any relationship to the first Tuf fight.

            Another example would be, would you also include lance Armstrong in the hall of fame because he won many championships and elevated the sport of cycling as a cancer survivor? Lance achieved alot more than Bonnar. he was demonised and in many ways Bonnar was rewarded in the end.

            I'm more surprised because the UFC have been big on image and doing the right thing and being clean and saying the right things in the media. So to me this was a bit of a back flip on policy.

            If the UFC were in their tenth season of Tuf and we saw the fight would Bonnar be a hall of famer based on that one performance?

            Also, even though it would be awesome, I don't think we will ever see the UFC build their own stadium because they don't put enough fights on in the one stadium.

            I don't think the UFc will want to start competing with larger sporting venues when they need to rent venues in other cities across the US. If it costs 300 million to build a stadium and they host ten events in Las vegas per year it will cost them more in interest to build the stadium than to rent other venues. It probably costs them $500,000 minimum to rent MGM grand for each event. Thats 5 million per year. alot less than interest on a stadium..If they could finance to build a stadium at 4% they would still need a major hockey or basketball team to rent their space while competing with MGm and others.

            If the fertitas build a new casino I could definetly see a HOF going in. Not sure about whether they would do a stadium as part of a casino…??? Can you imagine boxing renting UFC stadium? lol

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      David Saucier

      July 6, 2013 at 8:04 am

      I would like to see Silva Belfort 2, the only reason Belfort got KO'd the way he did is because he froze and didnt attack Silva with his fast hands straight down the middle like he is known for. The fight is high risk for Silva imo.

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    akieyugames

    July 5, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    You don't earn title shots…It's just a matter of what the little girly brat inside of Dana wants.

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    Entity

    July 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Good article, and I agree Brian. I've been like a broken record here saying a 2nd fight with A.S would not end near as quickly and with the possibility of an upset. Belfort came very close to finishing Jones IMO. I also agree with Enjoy, they need to stick to a ranking system if the UFC wants to keep it's credibility. I can kind of see why Bjorn does his matches, simply because of the position their business iis in under the UFC.
    But with the profit the UFC has seen, it's ridiculous.

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      Brian Cox

      July 6, 2013 at 1:38 am

      First, cheers.

      As to you being a broken record on Silva / Belfort 2…I am, have been and will continue to be, the "B" side of that broken record.

      I think that fight would be huge and I don't think it would be the same dance as it was last time. Vitor has shifted his game into hyper-mode, man. It's like he's not even the same fighter. He used to be all about his fist, but that is a thing of the past now. His last 2 KOs' were awesome. The spinning back kick on Rockhold was a thing of absolute beauty. As a fan, I'm proud of my fighter. Sanctioned TRT or no sanctioned TRT.

      As to Rebney and Bellator, you win…you move on. It's an easy thing to get and follow. It's also reliable and has empirical value. Sadly, the UFC is beginning to lose some of that quality.

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      enjoylife321

      July 6, 2013 at 1:44 am

      @Entity..if someone like Silva fought 4 or 5 times per year in middleweight only we wouldn't be having this conversation because eventually everyone would be getting their shots and rematches. But at the moment its like a year since he has defended the middleweight belt. If you were in the middleweight division right now you would have more chance of becoming the next US president than getting a title shot. Maybe thats an exaggeration but lets roll with that for the moment.

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    cranestyle

    July 6, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Using Dana's fuzzy logic, Cain Velasquez should still be waiting to fight Junior for the 2nd time. After all, JDS had just as quick a KO win as Silva's over Belfort.

    However, I think that a Jones vs Silva superfight belongs at the top of any matching making list, so that part of the equation doesn't bother me at all.

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      Brian Cox

      July 6, 2013 at 1:28 am

      Point well made, Crane.

      I also agree with Silva / Jones, given that Silva wins Saturday night. If he does though, when is the division apt to see him defend his title again? That's my only problem with any of it. This 365 days between defenses nonsense has to stop.

      To put it in Focus, GSP will have defended his belt 3 times in 12 months, come the Hendricks fight and every defense has been / will have been, against a serious challenger.

      I'd just like to see something from the leadership of 185 that we can count on, in terms of the frequency that he intends to defend his belt. That's what gets me about all of this super-fight talk. It messes with the whole division and guys that are working hard to get their bit of pie and the sun.

      On another note…didn't Munoz look great? My gut tells me he's going to go to town on Boetsch.

      On a note beyond that, Roger Gracie looks like he could eat Tim Kennedy. Good luck to Tim keeping that guy off of him. Early submission victory here for RG, I think. I think he's going to make it look stupid easy.

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        cranestyle

        July 6, 2013 at 11:26 am

        Thanks dude. I agree100% that defending a belt once a year isn't enough. I'd like to see a 180 day defense rule. Then if someone only wants to fight once a year, they'd have to give up the belt and win it back.

        But I think at this point in the Spider's career he's going to do what he wants. And while I think superfights overall are a distraction, I would love to see Silva vs. Jones.

        I'm not so sure about Munoz, long lay off after a brutal knock out is a warning sign for me. But I do hope we get to see a Gracie with his his hand raised in the octagon again.

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          Brian Cox

          July 7, 2013 at 11:19 pm

          Gracie looked terrible. Kennedy looked great. I found new respect for that cat last night. He shut Roger down on the ground and that isn't an easy thing to do.

          I hope you enjoyed the bouts last night. It was easily one of the best cards I've seen the UFC put on. From top to bottom it was entertaining.

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