After knocking out Michael Bisping, Vitor Belfort went on quite the tirade.
He loves Jesus. He now respects Michael Bisping. He hates Chael Sonnen. And, apparently, he wants to fight Jon Jones for another crack at the light heavyweight belt. Jones had just one response to that idea. Via Twitter:
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) January 20, 2013
A brief, but telling tweet. Belfort scored an electrifying second-round knockout over Bisping that instantly propelled him up the middleweight rankings and robbed Bisping of a title shot against Anderson Silva.
Jon Jones fought Vitor Belfort at UFC 152. As you likely remember, Vitor Belfort was a last-ditch fill-in after Dan Henderson pulled out of UFC 151 with a knee injury, forcing the cancellation of the event. Lyoto Machida refused to fight on short notice, Jon Jones refused to fight Chael Sonnen on short notice and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was too injured to fight on short notice.
In their fight, Belfort nearly finished Jon Jones with a nail-bitingly close armbar in the first round. After that, though, it was all Jon Jones, who used his superior wrestling and reach to out-work Belfort before finishing him in the fourth round.
Belfort has not fought at light heavyweight since rejoining the UFC in 2009, except for the fight against Jones at UFC 152. Whether or not he intends to move up to light heavyweight following this fight is unknown, but would not be a bad idea, given the relative thinness of 205 pounds compared to how stacked middleweight is at this time.