Vitor Belfort Says Chael Sonnen Is 'Very Afraid' to Fight Him

John HeinisSenior Analyst IAugust 21, 2013

DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Vitor Belfort conducts a workout at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center on September 17, 2012 in Delray Beach, Florida. Belfort will fight Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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While UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort looks like he's destined for a rematch with Dan Henderson later this year, according to UFC Tonight on Twitter, that doesn't mean he's forgotten about the bad blood he has with Chael Sonnen. 

Shortly after UFC Tonight reported that Belfort vs. Henderson II was in the works, "The Phenom" lashed out at Sonnen—one of the show's analysts—on TwitPlus

Earlier in the evening on the show, Sonnen called out Belfort for not answering former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi's repeated challenges (via MMA Junkie). 

Belfort shot back with his own thoughts on Twitter:

@sonnench u are very good actor. But u couldn't hide that u are very relief that u don't have to fight me. I know from a very close friend of yours that since I K.O YOUR coach Matt lindand your a very afraid to fight me. Don't be afraid to admit, and let my friend @kennyflorian talk. Only u talk

Belfort did indeed make short work of Lindland back in January 2009, taking just 37 seconds to knock him out.

Lindland, like Sonnen, was a staple at Oregon's Team Quest gym for many years. However, that location has recently closed and "The American Gangster" now trains at the Reign Training Center in California. 

While Sonnen has made it abundantly clear that he wants his next fight to be against former Pride star Wanderlei Silva, he has also been open to a matchup with Belfort. 

Belfort called out Sonnen on Twitter almost immediately after the American submitted Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night 26 last week, with Sonnen accepting

However, it seems that the higher ups of the UFC didn't feel that fight was in the cards for this year. 

With Belfort likely being booked for the rest of the year, the grudge match between Sonnen and "The Axe Murderer" now looks more likely than ever.


John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA Editor for