Vitor Belfort has moved on from his loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
With a convincing knockout victory over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133 fresh in the minds of everyone, Belfort is seeking a rematch with Silva, should “The Spider” take down Yushin Okami later this month at UFC 134.
“The Phenom” caught Akiyama early in the first round, delivering the fatal blow with his fast hands.
“That’s the mature “Phenom,” Belfort said in an interview with TATAME.com. “If the time goes by and the guy doesn’t get more mature, it’s a waste of time. I’m more mature and I’ve changed some things in my trainings, like using the natural gym with my coach Alvinho (Alvaro Romano), I added many things from my past and some new things I’ve learned. We combined it all and brought a vintage Belfort. With no doubts, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my entire career, I’m feeling like a 19-year-old boy with the maturity of a 34-year-old man.”
The win was the 14th by knockout for Belfort, who improved to 20-9 overall. The former UFC light heavyweight champion has now won six of his last seven fights.
If Belfort has any say in his next opponent, it will be for the middleweight title.
“That’s my wish, I don’t know what they’ll decide,” Belfort said. “I don’t know what the fans want to see and since UFC guys will evaluate the situation, saying who deserves a title shot or not…I want to fight for the belt and I’ll run through everybody who stands in my way, that’s my goal.”
Belfort’s next gig, though, won’t be inside the Octagon. Instead, he will be providing commentary for Rede TV at UFC: Rio, which will feature the Silva-Okami bout.
“I’m super excited, really happy with this new opportunity that UFC’s given me, since I was there on the edition in Sao Paulo, and I couldn’t be left out of this party.”
The UFC will be making its return to Brazil for the first time since 1998. Belfort defeated Wanderlei Silva on that card by TKO in just 44 seconds.