Belfort would rather fight Roy Nelson at heavyweight?
Instead, Prado said, Belfort is willing to fight in the meantime – just not at middleweight unless a title is on the line.
"It doesn't make sense that Vitor, who is No. 1 in the rankings, should fight against No. 2, No. 6 or No. 10 in his weight class," Prado said. "His next fight in the middleweight class will be against the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva. If the UFC wishes him to fight in any class above middleweight, we are at their disposal. It can be anyone, Tim Kennedy, even Roy Nelson, but it has to be at 205 pounds or heavyweight – he'll even fight as a heavyweight. Vitor wants to fight, but in his weight class, only if for the belt."
There are many paths to freedom, not all are peaceful
My feeling on this is that Vitor wanted a higher ranking (or at least higher profile) fight than Tim Kennedy, so he turned it down based solely on that. I think all the rest is just posturing and media shenanigans. Pure speculation, but I sense he's just biding his time until a better opportunity rises, and trying to associate himself with title shots in the meantime.
It's been mentioned that he could take Anderson's spot if Silva gets injured. The same goes for any of the other top ranked MW showdowns. With the title fight being at the end of the year, he has time to see how the division plays out, and then wait for an opponent (Munoz, Okami, etc...) that would make his fight a definitive #1 contender fight.
I don't think he has earned the right to wait for the next title shot, and I don't think it would be a good idea for him to do so even if he had. That being said, I'll wait to see how this plays out because I have a feeling that's not what he will actually try to do in the end.
Vitor Vs Glover or Rashad?
Best Fighter on the planet.
Vitor vs winner of Chael/Shogun would be nice.
Vitor vs winner of Machida/Davis would be nice too
Not only brazilians can do this stuff
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