Speaking with Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting, Belfort shared his thoughts on what the future holds for him.
I’m just waiting for the winner. I don’t create expectations because I can get frustrated in the end. I’ve earned my shot at the title and I will fight whoever wins this fight. I just want to get in there and hear them say ‘the new middleweight champion’. I have a goal. I will defeat the champion and get the title.
The "winner" that Belfort is referring to is, of course, the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva. Weidman took the UFC title from Silva earlier this year and will look to defeat "The Spider" once again at the UFC's final event in 2013.
Belfort surprisingly didn't mention lions or Jesus while talking, but he did manage to continue his streak of putting his foot in his mouth while speaking with the MMA media.
"I’ll be even better when I return to the Octagon," Belfort said. "I know it’s hard to believe that I can get even better than this, but I will. I’ve been training hard, and there are a lot of things that I haven’t done yet. My best is yet to come."
That's pretty standard pre-fight talk coming from a veteran, but it only opens the door for Belfort-TRT talk. But proving himself to be a prophet, Belfort's best line in the interview was yet to come.
This fight will be in a soccer stadium. Whoever wins, I’m sure we can sell out Maracana or any other soccer stadium in Brazil. It would be really interesting. I know the UFC will come up with the best idea. They are really focused in Brazil right now. Globo is offering great fights for the Brazilians. I just want to enjoy my training. I will train focused on both, and focused on working my abilities.
The UFC has come under fire from MMA fans for putting Belfort exclusively on cards in Brazil. Despite the claims that they aren't "hiding" Belfort in South America, the fact remains that we've yet to see Belfort compete in the United States since UFC 133.
If Weidman were to defeat Silva for a second time, it'd be hard for the UFC to justify not having Weidman fight in New Jersey or somewhere as close to New York as possible. The man would have just defeated the greatest fighter of all time twice and would sport an undefeated record to boot.
The UFC continues to sport the claim they won't risk their credibility by allowing Belfort to compete in Brazil while abusing TRT, but you have to feel that they're damaging their credibility by not putting Belfort on cards outside Brazil.
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