MMAConvert recently reported the following quote from current Affliction Middleweight Vitor Belfort:
“Anderson is a great friend of mine and a big champion but I’m looking for this . . .I cannot comment much on this right now but yeah, I always want to fight the best fighters. Of course it won’t be a pleasure [being Silva’s friend] but there isn’t another way at all in the sport. Kaka and Ronaldinho (Brazilian soccer players) are friends and have faced each other many times. It is part of my work and I need it to afford milk to the children at home…UFC is the most recognizable event and I’m doing my job to go back. Being recognized there again is my biggest dream right now. I’m on the right way either for the results in the ring or to the life. I’m an eternal warrior.” – Vitor Belfort in interview with OUL Esporte of Brazil
This quote sheds at least some light on Vitor’s mindset towards returning to the self-proclaimed Super Bowl of Mixed Martial Arts. UFC President Dana White has already made his intentions known in signing the former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion recently, announcing at the TUF 9 Finale his desire to bring “The Phenom” back into the UFC middleweight division to take on division kingpin, Anderson Silva.
More on this potential signing should develop, but not before Belfort’s slated match against Jorge Santiago on the undercard of Affliction: Trilogy on August 1st from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.