Vitor Belfort Talks About Why He Deserves Title Fight Against Jone
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Vitor Belfort was a guest this week on UFC Tonight on FUEL TV and discussed a number of topics including why he feels he deserved a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship over Chael Sonnen against Jon Jones and how he found out about UFC 151 being cancelled:
â€œFirst thing that I heard is that they called me and told me about the cancellation for UFC 151. I was very bummed out because as an old fighter and as a part of the old school guys, I have never seen one show get cancelled, especially in Vegas. So I told Lorenzo Fertitta â€˜if you need me to replace Hendo I canâ€™. Thatâ€™s how itâ€™s supposed to be with every fighter, to be able to go in there and to replace a guy who is injured. He texted me back telling me that they have it all under control and that they are going to cancel the fight and Lyoto Machida is going to fight him in Canada. I said â€˜ok.â€™ I was just trying to help the organization. All of a sudden I am in my house and my cousin said â€˜Hey you are going to fight Jones.â€™ I said â€˜Yeah stop, stop saying that.â€™ I thought he was just playing. He says to me that he is serious, and that he has the contract. All of a sudden I see my phone and I see Lorenzoâ€™s text asking me if Iâ€™m willing to fight Jones in Canada. I was so excited, I was jumping. It was a great opportunity. It was really Godâ€™s willing for this to happen and we have history behind that.â€
â€œItâ€™s not that I deserve it, but I have history in the UFC. I have been the champion of the light heavyweight division. Itâ€™s not about Chael, itâ€™s just I think it is a better fight with me. I think John Jones vs. Belfort makes more sense. The way Chael got beat by Silva in the last fight, he doesnâ€™t deserve to go for a title fight. There were so many guys that were willing to fight Jon Jones that had good wins and good records in the UFC like Chris Weidman. Chael is trying to move up in weight and give up on his weight class, thatâ€™s the way I see it. But guess what, I am really thankful Jones didnâ€™t accept that fight with Chael that week and that fight came to me and I really have to thank god. And the way I went about trying to get the fight was the professional way. I sent a text to Dana and Lorenzo offering myself to fight Jones. And then the fight came to me and I just have to thank god and the opportunity.â€
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