Following Dana White’s dealings with the media in the aftermath of UFC 133 on Saturday night a clearer picture has emerged over which fighters are either in or out of the title mix in some of the promotion’s key divisions.
For example, as far as the middleweight division goes, despite an impressive KO win at the event Vitor Belfort is not back in the running for another shot at the title yet, with White noting that he “still has work to do” to earn that right.
On the other hand the winner of October’s battle between Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann at UFC 136 appears to be in pole position for the No.1 contender spot. “I think it should be. We’ll see,” White told MMAJunkie.
Meanwhile White points to lightweight contender Jim Miller, who’s currently on a seven fight winning streak, as being most likely to be next in line to face the winner of Frankie Edgar Vs Gray Maynard 3 at UFC 136. Of course Miller still has to navigate past Ben Henderson at UFC On Versus 5 this weekend first.
One man who’s not going to be fighting for the title in the near future is welterweight fighter Jon Fitch. Despite being unbeaten in six fights Fitch is currently being overlooked after suffering a shoulder injury earlier in the year, and on his return White is not guaranteeing him a big name opponent.
“He’s going to have to fight who we say he’s going to fight,” White said in response to Fitch’s interest in fighting either a champion or former champion next.