Vitor Belfort has taken to Twitter to voice his interest in fighting the UFC’s newest rising star Chris Weidman. However, “The All-American"’s response via the same medium was a respectful, but emphatic no.
Guys I spoke to joe silva and ask to fight with the top contender #weidman here in brasil so I think this is the fight that will credence me to a title fight so that is what happened.
I want the belt but I am not desperate I think weidman is the next for the belt,but Anderson silva deserve to see who is next .So let`s make this fight the next #contender belfort vs weidman the next contender for #andersonsilva.
As Weidman alluded to, the former UFC 205-pound titlist has already had one shot at “The Spider"’s crown and that didn’t go according to plan, as he was the recipient of a beautifully timed front kick which put him down and several punches later, out for the count.
Since that ignominious and humbling night, “The Phenom” has racked up back-to-back victories against Yoshihiro Akiyami and Anthony Johnson. He was last slated to throw hands with arch rival Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147, but pulled out after incurring a broken hand whilst training.
Conversely, Weidman’s trajectory to the Holy Grail has been gathering some serious momentum. In his last two outings he defeated BJJ wizard Demian Maia and recently steamrolled top middleweight contender Mark Munoz.
Following Hector Lombard’s less than stellar debut at UFC 149, the 185-pound division is now wide open with apropos who gets a tilt a Silva’s belt.
Nonetheless, the most likely candidate and some would say most deserved of that shot is none other than Weidman.
But the fact remains the 28-year-old Baldwin, New Yorker presently lacks that essential star quality to generate a Sonnen-esque interest, and as a consequence could find himself on the outside looking in until he impressively beats an eminent MMA name.
That’s where Belfort comes in.
If Weidman eventually elects to take the bait and all parties concerned are in agreement, a victory against a seasoned campaigner such as Belfort will shoot his profile through the roof.