Vitor Belfort has been ripping the souls out of mortal men since he was just 19 years old. Now, at 36, he's more fierce than ever, and outside of former Middleweight champion, Anderson Silva and current Light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, has mowed down every single person that's been put in his path since 2007, with the latest having been a highlight reel knockout of former Pride champion, Dan Henderson. Coincidentally, Henderson happened to hold the last loss over him outside of Silva and Jones, so many consider that loss reclaimed.
In just two short days, current Middleweight champion, Chris Weidman will meet Anderson Silva in the cage again in one of the most anticipated rematches in UFC history. For Belfort, it may determine his next opponent, as organization president, Dana White has hinted that the winner of Saturday's championship bout will face Vitor next. It will be a testament to fortitude and determination if we see Belfort get a third title shot in as many years, should this go down in 2014. I say that with some trepidation, as the injury bug is known to ravage the most well orchestrated plans.
For Belfort, the winner of Saturday's match-up doesn't matter. Regardless of the outcome, the man with the strap is the man he thinks will ultimately be handing it over to him when they meet, so they should prepare for that unfortunate fate. In a recent interview with MMA Junkie's John Morgan, he made no bones about how he thinks a fight with either man will go down, stating:
I don't care who will win on Saturday, because whoever wins will already be preparing to lose; that belt belongs to me.
I conquered my space, I wanted the opportunity to fight for the belt, and here I am. The one thing the fans wanted to see is me getting the title shot. Now, I am more than ready to be a world champion in another division.
He may be ready, but whoever wins Saturday will not give up his belt easily. He will not go quietly. If Belfort is indeed the next man to challenge for the title, he'd be best served to start preparing for that fight Sunday morning, because the road to the title at Middleweight is not going to be easy.