It’s been a whirlwind couple of days in the UFC’s middleweight division, and after today’s announcement that Vitor Belfort has been installed as Anderson Silva’s next title challenger both men gave their reactions to the news.
“Y’know, great…it doesn’t make a difference,” Silva’s manager Ed Soares said hen asked by MMAWeekly how the fighter feels about it. “Whoever they’ve put in front of us…like I’ve said before…we’ve never chosen who our opponents are. Whoever the UFC offers we’re fine with.
“If it’s Vitor then great, it’s Vitor. Vitor’s is a very technical fighter, very well rounded. I think it’s a fight that the fans will enjoy.”
It’s been reported that the UFC are looking to pencil in the fight for January 1st, but according to Soares that’s not 100% confirmed due to the champion’s continuing recovery from a rib injury aggravated during the Sonnen fight.
“He needs to be training at least 10 weeks with his ribs not being hurt. So, they’re still tender, it really hurts to throw his knees and stuff like that. So I think at this point, you know, we don’t know what date it’s going to be yet.”
He did however confirm that the fight should happen in the early stages of next year.
“It’s definitely going to be next year, we’re just not sure if it’s going to be January 1st or Superbowl weekend,” Soares said.
Meanwhile MMANewsLeak grabbed the first interview with Belfort after the fight was announced, and the Brazilian was clearly in high spirits.
“Dana just gave me one of the best presents ever,” Belfort says with a smile.
“All these rumors that I’m hurt, I’m not hurt. I’m healthy. I was running from all you guys because it has to be top secret.”
Though he’s clearly happy to have got the fight he has been calling for he’s experienced enough to not get carried away in the moment, and instead get back to putting in the hours at the gym.
“I’m just training, back in my routine,” Belfort stated. “Nothing changed, it’s just a better picture for myself and for all the fans.
“I’m gonna re-adjust the camp. Not push too hard right now, I’m just going to have to maintain. I have been studying a lot of his fights. It’s going to be a good brawl. I’m so excited, happy to be fighting for the title in my hometown (Las Vegas where he now lives).”