UFC President Dana White recently made news by announcing that he was working to re-sign former UFC champion Vitor Belfort and instantly speculation began to run rampant in regards to a possible first opponent for “The Phenom” if the signing comes to fruition.
One name that keeps popping up is no stranger to Belfort as Vitor’s lightning quick knockout victory over Wanderlei Silva at UFC Brazil back in 1998 is among the biggest wins of his career
According to Silva in a recent interview with Sensei Sport TV, Belfort was seriously stressing out before his first fight with “The Axe Murderer”. If that was the case it would definitely work in Wanderlei’s favor if Belfort came into the potential rematch much more relaxed.
“That sequence of punches, I don’t know whether that was technique or anxiety,” speculated Silva. “Many people told me he was dying of fear to face me so that must have been anxiety [that drove him].”
Both men formerly made their home at 205 pounds before recently making the mutual decision to drop down to middleweight so a potential bout between the two would likely come at 185 pounds. Although Silva knows nothing is set in stone at this time, if the call comes, he’ll be ready, as usual.
“Sooner or later [the rematch] is going to happen,” said Silva. “I’m ready to face anyone, including him.”
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