Wanderlei Silva Says He Returned To MMA To Fight Vitor Belfort


Late last month (June 24, 2017), Wanderlei Silva made his return to mixed martial arts in the main event of Bellator: NYC from Madison Square Garden. After having not competed in over four years, Silva took on longtime rival Chael Sonnen, but he dropped a unanimous decision loss to “The American Gangster”.

Immediately after the fight, Silva expressed interest in a rematch with Sonnen, but “The Axe Murderer” recently said that he returned to fighting for a rematch with Vitor Belfort:

“I started fighting again to fight Belfort,” Silva told MMA Brasil (via Bloody Elbow). “I wanted to fight Sonnen and I did that. But what I really want is to fight Belfort. He’s the one I want to put my hands on. And he better not come up with any broken hand excuses this time around.”

The two first fought back in 1998 when Belfort scored a TKO victory over Silva. They then coach against each other on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil in 2012, but Belfort was forced to pull out of the rematch with a broken hand.

Belfort has hit some rough times over the last few years, going just 1-3-1 before scoring a unanimous decision victory over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 last month. The fight marked the last on Belfort’s contract with the UFC and he planned on retiring after it, but then change his tune on his future.

Perhaps Belfort could end up signing with Bellator where a rematch between him and Silva could take a place.

  • Juan Diablo

    Please Wandy- Chael handled u with relative ease, better believe Vitor would throw a head kick and you would be taken out of the cage on a stretcher

    • thetaxmaan

      Vitor doesn’t throw headkicks anymore.

      I actually think its an interesting fight, I was wishing that they would have done it in the UFC years ago. But Vitors in it for the money and isn’t heading down Bellator way as long as UFC will keep paying him more then Bellator can.

      Which they probably will just for his name value and the somewhat recent reputation he still has for that little gacked out stretch when he was throwing all those headkicks.

      • Juan Diablo

        He threw a head kick last fight, nowhere close to landing but he threw it lol All joking aside, Wandy would get murdered by deflated Vitor

  • David Twardy

    Someone should tell Wandy that Belfort doesn’t fight in his promotion

  • Brian414

    Have you seen vitor now? I don’t think he would be able to handle wand. In the past with him all juiced out, different story. You know they would stand and trade and I have a feeling Wandy has a little more to him right now. Chael did take him down but any second they stood up chael was rocked and went right back to his wrestling. Wand didn’t even get a chance to do what he’s good at but for being thrown on the ground im surprised he never really was hurt