Now that Anderson Silva has uneventfully defended his middleweight belt at UFC 112, the original opponent he was slated to face in Abu Dhabi is calling for the king’s head.
Silva was expected to face top contender Vitor Belfort inside the Concert Arena, however the former UFC light heavyweight champion was forced to pull out of the highly anticipated bout in February due to a shoulder injury.
Belfort told TATAME.com on Sunday that his surgically repaired shoulder is feeling “pretty good” and he is hoping to meet Silva this fall.
“I’m in the middle of treatment, going to the UFC’s doctor that [UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta] arranged for me,” Belfort said of his road to recovery. “He’s really liking it. I’ll go there on Tuesday and we will establish the date of my comeback, between August and October.”
This September will mark a year since Belfort posted his devastating UFC 103 knockout victory over Rich Franklin. Despite the threat of fighting ring rust in addition to Silva, the challenger appeared unwilling to take a tune-up bout before jumping into a five-round affair.
“I’m working in this direction. My goal is to fight for the belt,” Belfort said of immediately competing for the title upon return. “That is what I’m waiting for and it is all settled. The shoulder did not make things easy last time, but that’s exactly the reason of my motivation.”