By: Chris Taylor
It is no secret that former middleweight contender Chael Sonnen has made more than a few Brazilian enemies over the past couple of years. Chael has verbally insulted the country of Brazil on many occasions, which has resulted in Brazilians around the world sharing a common disdain for the “Gangster from Westlin.”
It should come as no surprise that Vitor Belfort is not a big fan of Sonnen either. Especially considering that Sonnen recently proclaimed that he will be fighting Jones at UFC 152, because he believes Belfort will pull out of the fight last second.
When UFC officials announced that it would be Vitor Belfort who would serve as the next contender for Jon Jones belt at UFC 152 in Toronto, on September 22, it caught many fans and media off guard. “The Phenom” being chosen came as a shock to many people mainly because he had been fighting at 185 pounds and hand’t been linked to the light heavyweight division in some time.
Belfort recently appeared on FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight,” where he defended himself as being a worthy and exciting number contender, he also explained how he didn’t earn the honor by calling people out on Twitter:
“We have the youngest fighter and one of the oldest guys and it is the old lion and the new lion. I have history in the UFC. Not like all the other clowns talking on twitter. You know which clown I’m talking about. I think he doesn’t deserve a shot at all but I think the event should continue with another fighter. I don’t know what happened, but I am thankful that the fight came to me. I am really thankful to Lorenzo and Dana for giving me the chance and to the fans.”
Ultimately, Vitor is not trying to sell anyone on the idea that he deserved a title shot. He just believes he was more deserving than Sonnen:
“It’s not that I deserve it, but I have history in the UFC. I have been the champion of the light heavyweight division. It’s not about Chael, it’s just I think it is a better fight with me. I think John Jones vs. Belfort makes more sense. The way Chael got beat by Silva in the last fight, he doesn’t deserve to go for a title fight. There were so many guys that were willing to fight Jon Jones that had good wins and good records in the UFC like Chris Weidman. Chael is trying to move up in weight and give up on his weight class, that’s the way I see it. But guess what, I am really thankful Jones didn’t accept that fight with Chael that week and that fight came to me and I really have to thank god. And the way I went about trying to get the fight was the professional way. I sent a text to Dana and Lorenzo offering myself to fight Jones. And then the fight came to me and I just have to thank God for the opportunity.”
Regardless of whether or not you believe that Belfort deserves the title shot, he’s planning on taking advantage of the opportunity he has been blessed with:
“The cool thing about the UFC is that it is exploding to other countries like Australia and Brazil. It is expanding, giving jobs and giving opportunities. We bring values, we motivate people how to live a life and what kind of habits you have to create. This is Disneyland bro. That is why I am so proud of myself to work with this kind of organization. I get to go to the park every day. The gym is my park. Don’t let people create outcomes for you, you create outcomes. Guess what, the world is a mess, you need to start everything in you mind the way you treat your family, the way you live your life, everything. And this is a challenge. This is one more challenge in my life. I am having one opportunity that no one from my generation has and I am so happy. I am going to be so happy in that Octagon when that bell rings and I am going to fight like I have never fought before. So you guys don’t miss Toronto on the 22nd. You are going to get to see the young lion against the new old lion.”
UFC 152 goes down September 22 from the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The co-main event of the evening, which originally served as the evening’s main event, features Joseph Benavidez taking on Demetrious Johnson in the finals of a four man tournament to determine the inaugural UFC Flyweight Champion.
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