Vitor Belfort says Anderson Silva "got lucky" at UFC 126Posted on February 8, 2011, 09:48 PM by Joey Santosus
"Look, that kind of kick is very hard to catch, it’s also hard to fit it too, but he did it. He can use this kick, but the way he did is pretty difficult to, but he did it. I believe you only get lucky if you train. He trained and got lucky. But I think it’s something that if he tried to do in ten fights he would only be succeeded once (laughs). He deserved it. I was doing fine on the fight, I was winning it, but I wasn’t lucky to fit that punch, I missed it, that punch on the ground was really powerful. If it hits him… But it didn’t and his kick hit me hard, it was his night, I can’t help it. Everything I promised to do, I did. I didn’t get the win, but it’s part of the sport. I’ll get my chance. We’ll work now so I get it the next time."
Vitor Belfort's hopes of recapturing UFC gold were dashed this past Saturday night, when Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva knocked him out with a well-timed front kick to the face just over three-minutes into the open round. And while Belfort credits Silva's training, he also suspects a bit of luck assisted in "The Spider's" victory.
Silva's successful title defense at UFC 126 marked his 13th straight victory with the promotion, further cementing himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Though nothing is official at this time, a superfight against dominant Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre may be next for Silva if the French-Canadian is victorious in his upcoming match-up with Jake Shields in March.
Belfort, meanwhile, has his sights set on the promotion's return trip to Rio in August, but hopes to fight in the meantime if possible.
"Of course I’ll fight in Brazil, but I want to fight earlier. I’ll talk to Lorenzo this week, then I’ll take a two-weeks-vacation and let’s move on because the war continues - For complete interview by Guilherme Cruz, visit Tatame.com