UFC in Rio: Vitor Belfort Waiting for Challenger To Appear with Him at UFC 134

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IApril 20, 2011

DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 19:  UFC fighter Vitor Belfort  (L) battles UFC fighter Rich Franklin (R) during their Catch weight bout at UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort at the American Airlines Center on September 19, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Vitor Belfort has been one of the top Brazilian fighters in the last decade and was on the last UFC card to appear in Brazil.

Well, Belfort is looking for challengers to help get him on the card for the UFC's return to Brazil when they make landfall in Rio in August.

"Lorenzo [Fertitta] called me and said he’s trying to find me an opponent, but it’s hard to do it. Wanderlei [Silva] challenged me and then started talking thing on the internet, so I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I’m ready, my dream is to fight at UFC Rio," Belfort said, talking to TATAME.com. "I believe the fighters found out that I’m hungrier then ever to fight."

Belfort has not fought since he ate an Anderson Silva frontkick that knocked him out at UFC 126. Belfort has since been begging to get on the UFC in Rio card with most other Brazilians who are dying for the chance to fight in front of their home crowd. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them.

Here is what the UFC in Rio card looks like so far minus Belfort.


UFC 134, UFC in Rio

Middleweight Championship Bout—Anderson Silva (C, 28-4) vs. Yushin Okami (26-5)

Light Heavyweight Bout—Forrest Griffin (18-6) vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (19-5)

Light Heavyweight Bout—Luiz Cane (11-3) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (11-0)

Lightweight Bout—Thiago Tavares (15-4-1) vs. Spencer Fisher (24-7)

Lightweight Bout—Ross Pearson (12-4) vs. Edson Barboza (8-0)


Also a rumored bout containing Royce Gracie seems to have hit a wall, and the Brazilian phenom who starred in the first couple UFC events will not be making an appearance as a fighter in Rio.