After a long injury layoff due to shoulder surgery, one of the UFC’s most dangerous middleweight fighters Vitor Belfort is back in training.

Belfort had originally been set to face Anderson Silva’s at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, but the injury forced him out and Demain Maia took his spot. While he’s been in rehab Chael Sonnen has also leapfrogged Belfort and will face the champion at UFC 117 next month.

Now the Brazilian is back in training in the U.S with his coach Shawn Tompins with a view to stepping back into the octagon later in the year.

“We probably won’t fight ’til October / November, but him coming here this early is only going to make our camp even better,” Tompkins tells the Las Vegas Sun in a new video interview.

Despite the fact it will have been over a year since his last fight, a win over Rich Franklin in a 195lb catchweight fight at UFC 103, it seems that a shot at the title is what they are aiming for.

“I can tell you as a coach I hope we get the winner of Sonnen and Anderson Silva.” says Tompkins.  “Anderson Silva I think would mean a little bit more to us, and the fact that they’ve trained together, their both Brazilian, and ultimately, go and ask the fans who they want to see fight: Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.”

As yet there’s no confirmation that Belfort will be the next title contender though.  In fact just a few weeks ago Belfort was expected to be Michael Bisping’s next opponent at UFC 120 in the UK, but for reasons that haven’t been disclosed the fight fell through.

Either way it will certainly be a welcome sight to have Belfort back fighting again before the year is out.

Watch the full video interview with Belfort and Tompkins below.

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