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Wednesday, 09/12/2012, 11:05 am

Vitor Belfort: "Chael Sonnen is a clown and is giving up on his weight class." | UFC News

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.



36 Responses to “Vitor Belfort: "Chael Sonnen is a clown and is giving up on his weight class." | UFC News”

  1. Me says:

    Am I the only one here that cannot stand this guy? Vitor annoys the f*ck out of me!

  2. Texas says:

    Chael didn’t deserve the title shot but would have loved to see it. Belfort, really don’t deserve it either but I hope he knocks Jones block off. They’re the only 2 who would take the fight. War Belfort!!!!

  3. T says:

    jones is getting put to sleep cant fuckin wait

  4. B-rad says:

    Its funny how he disses Chael for how he lost his last fight with Silva.. At least he put up a good fight for a round, instead of getting posterized with a foot to his mouth

  5. DMAC says:

    “fast hands”. Lmfao!



  7. Mike b says:

    Look I like both of these guys,but chael lasted a lot longer than vitor did in the cage with the middleweight in my opinion chaels not giving up I think he just wants to test the waters at 205,plus the fans wanted chael to move up.maybe he did give up I don’t know??but I don’t see it like that.

  8. hahah says:

    And Vitor is the one fighting at 205, way to contradict himself.

  9. Reg says:

    Vitor is 7-1 in his past 8 fights with 6 finishes. 2 of the 8 fights were above the 185 lb weight class and both resulted in victories for Belfort. IMO he is more of a risk to JBJ than Sonnen.

  10. STROWS says:

    Belfort begged Lorenzo for this fight! That’s how he got this fight. Sonnen put up a way better fight against Silva, Sonnen didn’t lose in the first few seconds of the first round with a Toe Cheese sandwich to the face! I want to see Sonnen vs Belfort next time.

  11. thedevil says:

    I’m a huge fan of Vitor’s fighting skills, but he is the real clown here. “The way he lost to Silva” umm did you forget the way you lost to Silva? It’s one of the most famous KOs in mma history. What makes you so deserving Mr. Belfort? And “giving up on his division?” Aren’t you doing the exact same thing mr. belfort? Don’t get me wrong I’m glad to see this fight happen, and I love watching Vitor fight, but he’s as big a dumbass ass his counterpart in Jones. Those guys should never be interviewed by anyone.

  12. Nick says:

    You know what, at this point I hope they beat the fuck out of each other and it’s a double knockout. Vitor annoys me and Jones has been a selfish asshole.

  13. jon smith says:

    So Sonnen is a clown for moving up a weight class after fighting Silva and got beat badly by him? First, Sonnen is a large MW. Maybe undersized for LHW maybe not but way more fit for it than Belfort. Belfort quit the MW after getting KOed embarrassingly by Silva while Sonnen actually almost beat him once and then started out well before Silva grabbed his shorts and ended the fight (unlikely that it changed the outcome of the fight but it definitely shortened it). Oh and one last thing, Sonnen did nothing to deserve this fight? He draws fans every time he fights and took it to the P4P champ and then proceeded to clear out his division while Vitor wins only 2 fights against 2 average at best fighters at weights below LHW as well. Only stating the facts Sonnen makes infinitely more sense to fight Jones than Belfort in both fan draw and best looking fight match up. The only reason not to is so the UFC can better advertise and pump up the fight following Jones’ destruction of Belfort


    jone and vitor must train together or something. Everytime they talk stupid come out they ought to make this a prelim i dont even want to watch this fight if it wasnt for the stacked they ufc would of lost this card too

  15. realist says:

    He has no shot against Jones. Dana white is mad at Machida, but if Im machida I want more than a few weeks to prepare for Jones as well. He lost to him already so this time he wants to be sure he gives it his best shot, fighting in a few weeks isn’t best for Machida.

  16. Sonnen is a punk says:

    Sonnen should be fighting in a backyard doing wrestling crap. He has a horrible record he cant punch for shit def the most overrated fighter. Even as a journalist he is so biased he should get fired straight away

    • Philly says:

      Last time I checked, Chael was the #TWO ranked middleweight in MMA.

      • Kingron84 says:

        The people who say Belfort is giving up on his weight class like Sonnen are idiots. After Silva destroyed Sonnen as he sat on his ass waiting for the KO to come he said he was going up to LHW.

        He left the division while Belfort was training for a MW match against Belcher.

        He didn’t abandon the division just took a great opportunity? I am sure if he loses he will go right back down to Middleweight and watch Sonnen who has 1 finish in the last 6 years get his ass tossed around at LHW.

      • 757 says:

        What a joke^^^chael sucks…got two title shots and lost both. He can’t buy a fight now because everyone is tired of him. Forrest is on his way out and done unfortunately and that is the only match up that they could make for chael. Nobody really wants to see him talk shit and get beat again

  17. GRT 3000 says:

    jesus christ – lol. I swear that’s what 90% of posts are about – internet whiners complaining abt fighters, this and that blah blah blah. If you all hate fighters so much, ask yourself this…why are you even a fan of MMA?

    Vitor is 100% right to call Chael a clown and undeserving of a shot at LH; it’s true. I agree that he contradicted himself on the weight division comment considering he just came from 185 himself, but who cares -it doesn’t make him Satan. don’t lose your shit over it. and his speech is broken b/c he speaks Portuguese – get over it. I also think he’s going to get smashed by Jones, but not easier than Chael would have. I would have gave Chael 2-3 minutes tops. Chael’s only claim to fame is the five rounds he dominated Silva (followed by a TAP) while hopped up on enough TRT to be worthy of WWE super-stardom. he IS a clown & I think Vitor would absolutely smash him if they ever met.

  18. ComeOut says:

    Sonnen is a straight clown, couldn’t say the same about a mouth piece sucking, on his knees fight begging, foot eating, man posing, juicing fighter from a defunct promotion.

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