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Vitor Belfort open to 'neutral ground' rematch with Nate Marquardt following UFC 212 'excuses'

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Vitor Belfort has had plenty of rematches during his career, and after his victory over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 earlier this month, he’s apparently down for another.

Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) went to the scorecards for the first time in 10 years when he faced Marquardt (35-18-2 MMA, 13-11 UFC) at UFC 212. He came out with 29-28 scores across the board in a slow-paced but competitive middleweight fight.

Although Marquardt was silent in the immediate aftermath of the event, he later told MMAFighting.com he felt the judges got it wrong and cheated him out a victory. “The Great” has never had a rematch during his 18-year, 55-fight career, but he wants one with Belfort.

Marquardt said he feels the fact the fight took place in Belfort’s native Brazil tipped the odds in his favor, but in a response posted on Instagram, “The Phenom” denied that notion and chastised Marquardt for not being gracious in defeat:

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“I respect (Marquardt) a lot but finding excuses for a loss it is not right,” Belfort wrote. “I won the fight for sure and fighting in Brazil doesn’t make a difference for the organization and the judges. As far as I’m concerned UFC is an international organization that has events and staff all over the world.”

Marquardt was far from alone in feeling he deserved the nod. Of the 20 media outlets tracked by MMADecisions.com, 13 scored it for the American.

Scoring controversies are new territory for Belfort since he’s a notorious finisher. He did things a little different;y at UFC 212, though, and he said that stemmed from his move to Montreal’s Tristar Gym.

Belfort originally said prior to UFC 212 that the event in Rio de Janeiro would be his final fight. He backtracked as fight night approached, and by the time his post-fight interview had arrived, Belfort said he was planning to compete five more times.

It appears he’s willing to make one of those fights a rematch with Marquardt, and just because of the complaints, he said it can happen in a location where there will be no accusations of biased judging.

“If you want to do it again, I am down for it!” Belfort wrote. “Let’s fight in a neutral ground, so you can’t complain about hometown advantage. I will make sure that the fight will not go to the last round!”

For more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 212 staff picks: Forget the staff – MMAjunkie readers are split like never before

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Aldo
vs.
Holloway
Gadelha
vs.
Kowalkiewicz
Belfort
vs.
Marquardt
Bamgbose
vs.
Borrachinha
Medeiros
vs.
Silva
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 45-33
holloway2017
Holloway
(51%)
kowalkiewicz2017
Kowalkiewicz
(52%)
belfort2017
Belfort
(56%)
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
(61%)
esilva2017
Silva
(51%)
Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 52-26
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 49-29
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 47-25
trophy copy 2015 Champion
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva
Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 47-31
trophy copy 2016 Champion
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
marquardt2017
Marquardt
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 45-33
trophy copy 2014 Champion
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 45-33
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva
Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 45-33
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 45-33
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 42-36
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 38-40
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

The UFC returns to Brazil on Saturday for UFC 212, which features a featherweight title-unification fight at the top of the card.

UFC 212 takes place Saturday at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) is a narrow 6-4 choice over interim titleholder Max Holloway (17-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC).

Also on the card, Claudia Gadelha (14-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is the unanimous choice over fellow strawweight co-headliner Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), and Paulo Borrachinha (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is the 10-0 pick over middleweight Oluwale Bamgbose (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

Additionally, Vitor Belfort (25-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) is a 9-1 pick over fellow middleweight vet Nate Marquardt (35-17-2 MMA, 13-10 UFC), and Yancy Medeiros (13-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) is the 6-4 choice over fellow welterweight Erick Silva (19-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC).

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Holloway, Kowalkiewicz, Belfort, Borrachinha and Silva are the choices, though the results were awfully close.

Check out all the picks above.

And for more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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