UFC working towards Anderson Silva-Vitor Belfort II
During an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience, UFC president Dana White reveal that the promotion is working towards a rematch between former champions Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.
After commentator Rogan indicated that Silva-Belfort II was a fight he wanted to see, White responded, “I don’t disagree. We’re working on it.”
Silva and Belfort first faced off with the middleweight title on the line at UFC 126. On that night in 2011, Silva finished Belfort with a first round kick to the face.
“The Spider” first won the middleweight title with a knockout over Rich Franklin in 2006. He went on to defend the belt a record 10 times. However, he fell to Chris Weidman in a pair of bouts that pushed the former champion out of title contention. He returned last January against former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz and took home a decision victory. After the fight, both fighters tested positive for banned substances and the result was changed to a “no contest.”
After falling to Silva, Belfort went 5-1 with his only defeat coming when he challenged then-light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on short notice. He returned to middleweight in 2013 and won three-straight bouts over Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson to earn a shot at the middleweight title. In that title challenge, Weidman stopped him in the first round. Belfort got back on track earlier this month with another first-round knockout of Henderson.