Vitor Belfort proved — in case anyone doubted — that he’s one of the very best middleweights in the world last night when he knocked out Yoshihiro Akiyama in the first round of their UFC 133 co-main event.
Belfort looked in vintage form, as he absolutely blasted Sexyama out of the cage with a swarm of well-timed blows in the early goings of the fight. The Phenom believes that a knockout victory over the ever-durable Japanese judoka is enough to qualify himself for another shot at the title.
“I just trained so hard. The last fight, me and Anderson, if he wouldn’t (have) thrown that kick, this would happen to him,” Belfort said of his knockout win. “He knows that on his mind. So, I’m ready for what’s next and I want the winner (of the upcoming middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami). I would like to fight the winner. Okami or Anderson. …
“I’m going for the belt,” he continued. “That’s my goal and that’s my future. I’m on a roll and I’m not going to stop. Nobody’s going to stop me.”
UFC president Dana White isn’t exactly on the same page with Belfort, though. White points to the fact that Belfort has already challenged Silva for the belt and was knocked out emphatically with a front kick in the first round as evidence enough that The Phenom needs to rack up a few more wins before he earns another shot at The Spider.
“It’s tough to do,” White said of giving Belfort another title shot. “If they (Silva and Belfort) went out and had this war, back and forth – if it were like the Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva fight (at UFC 117) –- that’d be one thing. But it lasted what, 35 seconds?
“It’s something Vitor is going to have to chew on for a while.”