Vitor Belfort Has to Beat Anderson Silva Before Title Talk

By Damon Martin

When Vitor Belfort steps into the Octagon on Saturday night to meet Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title, it will be the first time he’s fighting in over 16 months.

Following his win over Rich Franklin in September 2009, Belfort fell victim to the injury bug and sat on the sidelines for over a year dealing with the after effects of shoulder surgery, and the subsequent recovery time.

Now that he’s healthy, Belfort isn’t getting a warm-up fight by any means. He’s taking on the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, but Belfort didn’t want it any other way.

“It’s never easy when you need to take time off with an injury, especially if you’re in the best time in your career. It’s part of the job, it’s part of what we do. That was my challenge and that was my fight and I overcame it,” Belfort told MMAWeekly Radio recently.

“This is a sport and this is my job, and my job is to fight and to fight my best. That’s the best way you can respect your opponent is to do the best.”


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