Vitor Belfort feels like he is on the right path to receiving another UFC middleweight title-shot. Since falling to UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva via nasty front-face-kick, “The Phenom” has topped both Yoshihiro Akiyama and Anthony Johnson.

Currently, Belfort is rehabbing a hand injury suffered in training that knocked him out of a planned encounter with Wanderlei Silva after the two rivals were coaches on TUF Brasil.

The division’s current pecking order remains a mystery, as the likes of Chris Weidman, Michael Bisping, Hector Lombard and Tim Boetsch have all been mentioned as possible contenders.

“Weidman, or the winner of the Cuban (Lombard) vs. Boetsch,” Belfort remarked in a recent interview with Tatame when asked about who he wants to face next. “I’m waiting for my confirmation on the Rio card, see who’s gonna be my opponent. Nobody send me anything yet; I believe I’ll get an answer on that next week.”

Belfort sports a 21-9 record, including wins in seven of his last eight fights. The UFC is headed back to Brazil in October for UFC 153.


MMATraining Take: Belfort vs. Weidman would make for an interesting match up, as Weidman is a sound wrestler, while Belfort prefers to do his work standing. Of course, Weidman proved that he has knockout ability in his win over Mark Munoz.