Vitor Belfort responds to Sam Alvey after UFC-Mexico: He'll be first to get knocked out smiling

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Vitor Belfort didn’t take long to accept Sam Alvey’s challenge to be the next stop on the “2017 Vengeance Tour.”

Following Alvey’s (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) split-decision win over Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night 114 on Saturday, “Smile’n” Sam called for a matchup with Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC). He said he wants to get revenge against everyone who has beaten his friend, mentor and training partner Dan Henderson – something “The Phenom” has done twice.

Belfort caught win of Alvey’s request for a future middleweight fight, and the Brazilian accepted with a threat (via Instagram):

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Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion who is coming off a unanimous decision win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 in February, mentioned Las Vegas as a possible destination for the matchup. The organization’s next stop in “Sin City,” is UFC 216, slated for Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site. And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Paulo Borrachinha says he was offered Vitor Belfort but thinks UFC vet 'wants an easier fight'

Before he even joined the UFC, middleweight Paulo Borrachinha helped Vitor Belfort prepare for two of his own octagon battles. Now, he wants to meet the veteran inside of it.

The problem is that, according to Borrachinha (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), the desire doesn’t seem mutual. The fighter, who took to social media to ask Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) to accept a battle at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Canada, guarantees he was actually offered the matchup by the promotion. And he says he agreed in a heartbeat.

While he’s yet to hear a definite no, he has seen some signs. Including an Instagram one, posted shortly before Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum met at last Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25. In it, Belfort said he’d like either a rematch with Gastelum or a meeting with Derek Brunson, referencing only a “beginner” that he was offered.

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“This looks more like an attempt of changing the focus from the fight with me,” Borrachinha told MMAjunkie. “I saw he said he was offered a beginner – as if it wasn’t a good thing for him. But even if it were, I think the fact that he didn’t name me means he doesn’t want to fight me.

“He wants to erase the possibility of this fight happening. I think it’s very hard for this fight to happen, because we can’t make anyone fight. I respect the UFC’s policies, but I think if they’re paying the athlete, they shouldn’t be picking too much. But OK. It looks like he wants an easier fight.”

Reached for comment by MMAjunkie, Belfort’s camp sent the following reply:

“We wish him the best. He’s a kid, just starting out in the sport, with great potential. May he keep his head in place, and have the perseverance and patience to reach his goals.”

Borrachinha is at a much different point of his career than his 40-year-old target. At 26, he’s only had two UFC fights, which cap off an undefeated 10-fight record made up of finishes. Of those, nine were knockouts. After starching his first UFC opponent, Garrett McLellan, at UFC Fight Night 206, he got his second straight TKO over Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC 212.

Belfort, in turn, is coming off his own UFC 212 win – a decision over fellow veteran Nate Marquardt. Despite a rough 1-4 recent patch, Belfort has fought some of the biggest names in the sport throughout his more than 20-year career. He’s held a UFC title and fought for it another three times. And though he’s put the thought on hold, he has flirted with the idea of retirement.

While Borrachinha says he didn’t actively pursue the matchup with the veteran, he’s still quite interested in it. First, he clarifies that he has “nothing personal against” Belfort – in fact, it would be an honor to meet some who’s part of the sport’s history. Also, he’s been asking to get a crack at a top-10 opponent – and No. 11 Belfort (in the official UFC rankings) is close enough.

But there’s more to it.

“I wanted the fight to happen – I still do,” Borrachinha said. “It’s a good fight. He’s a well-known guy. I think I’d beat him, too. Without much difficulty. I think despite the fact he’s very experienced, I think I could beat him in the first round.

“Therefore, I’d like the fight. That’s simply it. But it didn’t come from me. The UFC offered it.”

Borrachinha seems encouraged by what he saw in his contact with the former champion. As Belfort’s camp confirmed with MMAjunkie, the up-and-comer was in fact brought in to help the veteran prepare for his UFC 187 title fight with then-champ Weidman and UFC Fight Night 77’s trilogy fight with Dan Henderson.

“He knows me,” Borrachinha said. “He knows my fight style. Even though we didn’t do any intense sparring there, like what I do here – which is more competitive, heavier training.

“With him, it was lighter training. But we got to know each other well. Know each other’s tools, strengths and weaknesses. Maybe that’s why he turned it down. Who knows.”

In case that fails to materialize, Borrachinha says he doesn’t have any other particular names in mind for his next bout. Given his confidence that it’s time to prove his case in the UFC with a bigger name, he’d like someone in the top-10. But he’ll fight outside of it, too. The same way he’ll fight fellow countrymen – case in point – or whomever else the UFC deems fit.

“I’m not here to turn down fights, to handpick who I will or won’t fight,” Borrachinha said.

He would, however, like to get in another fight before year’s end – the UFC’s next incursion in Brazil, rumored for Oct. 28, seems ideal for his camp efforts. After all, that would fit perfectly with the very specific plan he had laid out for the next 18 months.

“I started in the UFC in March – I fought twice,” Borrachinha said. “I intend to fight once mor this year, that will make it three. Next year, I intend to do four fights. The last one – I want it to be for the belt.

“I know it may look recent, but my division is very volatile. It changes very fast. We just saw Weidman beating Gastelum – He was coming off three straight losses, and I think if he wins one more he will be credentialed to fight for the belt again. I think with those four fights next year I can make it up there to the stab at the belt.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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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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