UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and fellow Brazilian middleweight Vitor Belfort have been on a collision course for months but have had three proposed bouts (at UFC’s 108, 109 and 112) derailed due to either fighter receiving surgery on separate injuries. Now, with Belfort rehabbing from shoulder surgery and Silva healthy, “The Spider” is facing Chael Sonnen instead of Belfort in his next title defense (to come at UFC 117 this August 7th) and “The Phenom” is expected to take on the winner of that bout.
The Las Vegas Sun recently spoke with Belfort’s trainer Shawn Tompkins about his take on the UFC 117 title bout and he seems to take issue with how outspoken current number one middleweight contender Chael Sonnen has been in the lead up to his first UFC title fight.
“Nothing against Chael, but I think he talks better than he fights,” Tompkins said. “I’ll be front row (at UFC 117) studying both of them because that’s my job. I think Chael will talk himself into the fight but, ultimately, Anderson will knock him out.”
Tompkins was also more forthcoming with his opinion of who, between Silva and Sonnen, he and his charge would prefer to face next and he believes that MMA fans share that opinion.
“It’s not personal, but it’s a little more personal (with Silva),” Tompkins said. “I think Chael will try to pick a fight, but that’s the only way he becomes popular or famous because we all know he’s a boring fighter. Anderson is the man and we want to beat that man. I think that fight would mean a little more to us. And honestly, go ask the fans who they want to see fight. It’s Anderson and Vitor.”