Vitor Belfort feels like Anderson Silva got one lucky kick in their match up for the UFC middleweight title earlier this year.
Belfort, who recently scored a knockout victory over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133, said afterwards that he is deserving of a fight with either Silva, or Yushin Okami should Okami defeat “The Spider” later this month.
But, UFC President Dana White isn’t on the same page as “The Phenom.”
“Vitor Belfort went in against Anderson Silva and got hit with a front kick and got knocked out in the first 30 seconds of the fight,” White said. “Who does he have to beat and how long’s he gotta go before you want to see him fight Anderson Silva again? Maybe a couple of Akiyama-type knockouts and maybe we are ready to see him face Anderson again.”
Belfort called the kick of Silva’s a one-in-a-million shot that just happened to land. White laughed at that notion.
“Craziest statement ever made, ‘Listen, if he didn’t knock me out I would’ve won that fight!'” White said. “Yeah, okay. Maybe.”
With Silva tied up to face Okami, and a potential No. 1 contender bout between Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann set for October, Belfort will probably need to pick up another win – or maybe two – before he sees a title-fight on his docket.