Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva have played nice so far on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. As coaches of their respective teams, the two have shown plenty of respect for each other.
However, when they enter the Octagon on June 23 at UFC 147, you can expect nothing but fireworks, as Belfort looks to make it 2-0 vs. “The Axe Murderer.”
In a recent interview with Sherdog, “The Phenom” gave us his take on what will happen from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this year. Back at UFC 17.5, Belfort dropped Silva in the first minute of their match, earning a KO victory.
I’m expecting the best out of me. I’m only focused on me. I know Wanderlei is a tough guy and he’s gonna come hard, but my arm is gonna be raised that night and he knows that. He’s trying to use his bad attitude to try and impress, but he knows I’m a better man, a better athlete.
Belfort is looking to work his way back into contention in the UFC’s middleweight division. He earned an impressive victory over Anthony Johnson earlier this year, giving him two straight wins since a loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
This is a match that Wanderlei Silva has been waiting years for, so expect him to try and take Belfort’s head off in the early going. Belfort’s skill-level at this time, however, should be enough to fend off Silva and secure the victory.