"It makes no sense that (Machida) is fighting for the title. Jacare should be the one (fighting Weidman)," Belfort told Sensei Sportv in Brazil. "If there’s a ranking, they should validate it. But the ranking does not exist, so we have to accept. Whoever has the belt will be my next opponent. That’s a fact."
Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, a former Strikeforce middleweight champion, is 3-0 in the UFC with wins over Francis Carmont, Yushin Okami and Chris Camozzi. Machida is a former UFC light heavyweight champion with a 2-0 record since cutting down to 185 pounds, defeating Gegard Mousasi and Mark Munoz.
Belfort dropped TRT and is back to training and says he feels great without the therapy, but his testosterone levels are far from the normal range.
"I feel like an animal," he said. "The Holy Spirit gives me everything I need. I’m training like an animal. Nobody trains harder than me.
"My hormone stays at 200 today, and the normal range is from 300 to 800. (TRT) raised my levels to a normal range according to the commission. My hormone was at the same level of my opponents’, so they are in advantage now."
According to the Brazilian, the commission decided to ban TRT because he was knocking people out in the UFC.
"You have TRT in baseball, basketball and many other sports," he said. "Unfortunately, it became a myth (in MMA) because I was knocking people out. That was the problem, and not Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir and Dan Henderson using it."
"After TRT was banned, Dan Henderson fought Shogun (Rua) with TRT," Belfort continued. "That’s funny because a Brazilian can’t use TRT there (in the United States), but an American can fight here. If TRT exists in many others sports, why can’t it exist in MMA? If gives you no advantage, it only puts you at the same level of the other athletes.
"People say ‘oh, so you should retire.’ Yeah, you want me to retire so you won’t get knocked out. I won’t retire. I will be back and I will win."
"To be considered one of the fighters of the year at 36 years old is awesome, but it's also inspiring. It gives hope to people," Sonnen tells Gracie Mag.
"I think outside of Jon Jones, Vitor is the scariest guy in the UFC right now. Vitor's and I's paths will cross. There's two guys that for my career to be complete, I have to fight. It's Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort. That's not a secret. The UFC will tell you the same thing. It has a number of times. Sooner or later that will happen, but in between now and then I'm not going to lie about what an incredible job Vitor has done, particularly in 2013."
Sonnen ticks one box Jul. 5 at UFC 175 when he settles a score with emerging heel Silva, but it's unfamiliar territory against a Brazilian. Content with his role as the promotion's chief villain, Sonnen insists it's his natural persona that's made him a wealthy man.
"I get asked all the time whether I've been misunderstood by the fans," says Sonnen. "I have never asked the crowd for their approval and I will never start. I will never hope to walk into a room and be cheered. I'm OK with being booed. I will not pretend to be something that I'm not. I certainly won't do it to win the audience over. I've been myself and with that said I'm the biggest draw in the sport. I'm the highest paid fighter the UFC's had. Dana White just disclosed the biggest check he's ever written after a fight was to me. I'm not in this for the money and I'm not in it for the fame, but I do believe a person should just be themselves."