UFC president Dana White was (and possibly still is) not off base in asserting that tomorrow night’s UFC middleweight championship bout between champ Anderson Silva and challenger Vitor Belfort could turn out to be a non-fight, as each fighter has been known to occasionally act flakey come fight night.
“I’m going to be honest here — I’m not going to be a promoter here, but let’s be honest. This thing could be the most dynamic, incredible (freaking) fight we’ve ever seen — or the worst staring competition in the history of mankind,” White recently told USA Today. “All I care about is that both these guys come and let it go and fight the fight we know we could possibly see.”
After today’s weigh-ins though, it seems that a staring contest will be the last thing to occur between Silva and Belfort. Silva has gradually been ramping up his display of animosity towards Belfort and the tension caused by that hit a fever pitch as the two squared off after tipping the scales.
Silva strapped on a white mask in response to a recent interview Belfort gave to MMAJunkie.com and immediately got in “The Phenom’s” face, letting loose a string of Portuguese that hardly seemed complimentary.
“Yesterday I said he wore a mask,” Belfort told Joe Rogan after the two fighters were separated (an act which took most everyone on stage). “I know him, he’s a good man but in the fight he tries to impress and make the fighters afraid of him. That’s what he wants, that’s not what’s going to happen.”
For his part, Silva stayed characteristically vague while addressing the booing crowd and promised only to deliver a spectacle tomorrow night.
“It’s no secret what I said,” said Silva. “Vitor talked a lot. You came here to watch a show. That’s what you’re going to see is a show.”
Silva and Belfort will clash tomorrow night in the main event of UFC 126, which is going down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check back at FightLine.com to stay on top of things with our ongoing live coverage of what promises to be an explosive fight card.