Belfort Wouldn’t Mind Rematch with Silva
A week after losing to Gegard Mousasi at UFC 204 last month, Vitor Belfort announced his retirement from MMA. The former UFC light heavyweight champion ended with a record of 25-13, as well as the record holder for most knockouts and first-round finishes in UFC history.
Belfort had two opportunities to win a UFC belt in another division as well — middleweight. In his first attempt, he was knocked out by Anderson Silva in the first round of their bout at UFC 126. Now not even two months into retirement, Belfort is open to a return to the Octagon — and especially for a shot at revenge against the former longtime UFC middleweight champion.
Belfort said in an interview with Combate that it wouldn’t be about a personal vendetta against Silva, but rather just a fight that could draw big money and lots of attention.
"It was never anything personal with Anderson Silva, he just had what I wanted, which was the title," Belfort said. "I think it’s a fight the fans would like to see and the UFC is willing to negotiate. I know they to make big fights and if they’re going to make a lot of money with this fight. We might as well make some, too. It would be quite the huge fight."
What’s interesting to note is there is a UFC Fight Night event scheduled for next March in Brazil, rumored to be in Belfort’s hometown of Rio de Janeiro. It might provide an ideal location for a re-match between the two Brazilian fighters.
And supposedly, Belfort’s already getting prepared.
"My camp has already begun, I want to fight in the first semester of 2017," he said. "If the fight happens in March, in Rio, I’m in. I stopped who I was, which was an aggressor, and that’s what I’m going to start doing again from here on out."