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Here's how this one goes: Anderson Silva will beat Chris Weidman in their UFC 168 rematch later this month. That's not a guarantee. It's just my gut feeling, though I did mention in the previous slide that I'm often wrong and the blame for that goes straight to my gut.
But I firmly believe that if Silva doesn't fart around—and there's obviously no guarantee Silva won't fart around because he farted around the first time—he's a vastly superior fighter to Weidman. I'm not being disrespectful to Weidman. I just believe Silva, even at 38 years old, does not lose his UFC 162 fight to Weidman if he isn't auditioning for a role in Jabbawockeez. He's the better fighter right now, and still is.
But there's another man waiting around the corner for Silva who might just have his number. Hell, he has everyone's number, at least since he discovered the government would allow him to shoot pure testosterone into his backside while preparing for fights. He's Vitor Belfort, and he's going to finish 2014 as the middleweight champion of the world.
I realize Silva beat Belfort a few years ago. He did it with one of the most spectacular finishes in UFC history, in fact. You've seen it: the front kick straight to the face that left Belfort with a permanent imprint of Silva's foot in and around his mouth and nasal area.
But this is a different Vitor. This is a new Vitor. This is an enhanced Vitor, a Vitor that is actually quite a bit scarier than the Vitor of the late 1990's. And he's earned his title opportunity at the right time, because he's getting younger and more physically awesome while Silva does things the right way and ages gracefully.
Belfort is nothing short of terrifying, and he'll put an emphatic stamp on his return to the top in 2014. And if you think the questions surround his usage of testosterone replacement therapy are bad right now, just wait until he has UFC gold around his waist.