At the start of this year Vitor Belfort was all set to be Anderson Silva’s next opponent at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi before being forced to withdraw due to injury.
Since then Belfort has had to watch the champion defend his title against both Demian Maia and last weekend Chael Sonnen while he sat on the sidelines recovering from surgery.
Prior to UFC 117 he had looked in pole position to fight Silva next, but with ‘The Spider’ now expected to be out until 2011 and Chael Sonnen in with a chance of an immediate rematch, Belfort is now eager just to compete again, regardless of whether it’s for a title or not.
“I’m not gonna be waiting for Anderson,” Belfort tells MMAPrime.TV. “I don’t fight for Anderson, I fight for the fans, the fans want to see me fight. I fight for the UFC, the UFC want to me back on the card.”
And if Belfort get’s his way he’ll be in the octagon sooner rather than later.
“I wanna fight, I really want to fight as soon as I can.”
In the longer-term though the former UFC light-heavyweight champion wants to have a UFC belt around his waist for the first time in six years, and as he puts it, “regain my legacy back.”
“I will do whatever I need to do to get the title shot,” he states.
Watch Belfort’s full interview below.