Anderson Silva continued his campaign to prove that he is no friend of Vitor Belfort’s in an interview with Tatame magazine that unfortunately went unpublished when it was announced that their UFC 112 meeting was scrapped.
“First thing, he [Belfort] was never my friend. Second, a fight is fight. I’m here to fight and whoever is better prepared will win and one of us will lose. I’d be upset if I had to face Rodrigo [Nogueira], Rogerio [Nogueira], Feijao [Cavalcante], Lyoto [Machida] or even Wanderlei [Silva] or Shogun [Rua], but Vitor? He’s just another opponent like everyone else,” said Silva.
In the lead up to their cancelled fight, Silva seemed intent on proving that there was no love lost between the two fighters. He never minced words in interviews about what he perceived as Belfort’s undeserving status as a title challenger and even going so far as instigating a heated staredown with Belfort at a pre-fight press conference. Belfort had expressed previously that he considered Silva a friend and seemed taken aback by “The Spider’s” aggressive demeanor.
Their fight was cancelled due to a shoulder injury that Belfort incurred and has since had surgery to correct. He will be out of training for at least four months and in the meantime, Silva will take on Jiu-jitsu whiz Demian Maia in Belfort’s place. No word has been issued on an eventual rescheduling of their fight but disappointed fight fans everywhere are still eager to see these two elite strikers settle their differences in the Octagon.