Machida Camp Believes Vitor Will Turn Down Challenge Because He Knows He Will Lose
It seems as though the Machida camp believes that Vitor Belfort is going to continue his “difficult” self-matchmaking and not accept a middleweight bout against Lyoto.
Machida’s manager Jorge Guimaraes told Ariel Helwani on this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight” that Belfort would turn down a future matchup with Lyoto Machida due to an “unfavorable style matchup.”
Machida has had his eyes on Belfort since before his originally scheduled bout against Tim Kennedy at UFC Fight Night 31.
“Tim Kennedy is a tough guy, but I wanted to fight (Vitor) Belfort,” Machida recently said. “Fighting Belfort in Brazil would be a good option for me. He has his fans, I have mine, and it would be a great fight.”
Machida will even fight Belfort if Belfort loses his upcoming fight against Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 32.
“Vitor Belfort is the best option for me right now. I want to fight him. It would be the best fight for me right now because he’s well ranked in the middleweight division,” Machida said. ”No hard feelings, I’m thinking what’s best for my career and where I can get with a win. Even if Vitor loses to Dan Henderson, I’d want to fight him in our weight class.”
Dana White as well has shown support and interest in a Machida vs Belfort matchup.
“I think, and I’m just talking here as a fan, not as a promoter, I think a lot of people want to see him [Machida] and Vitor Belfort. That would be a fun fight,” White said. “Vitor’s got to win down in Brazil, And who knows, (Machida) could fight someone else before that. But I’m just saying, as a fan, and speaking for many fans, that’s the fight they want to see. “
Belfort recently declined a fight with Tim Kennedy, and his wife Joana Prado told Globo.com that he is the top contender at middleweight, so it didn’t make any sense for him to fight any middleweight other than the winner of the UFC 168 title fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman.
Belfort seems to be making it clear that if he isn’t fighting for the title, he will not be making the cut down to middleweight, and is content fighting in catchweight and lightheavyweight matchups.
“We had fights that we wanted to make for Vitor, and then Vitor has his own ideas of what Vitor wants to do,” White said. “Vitor has been difficult, so it puts Vitor in a difficult position.”
“Vitor might win this fight [against Dan Henderson] and then want to fight Cain Velasquez, for Christ’s sake. Who knows what Vitor wants to do?,” White said.