Vitor Belfort says that Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza should be fighting for the title at UFC 175

Chris Trotman

"The Phenom" again expressed his disapproval in regards to his replacement in the title fight between Lyoto Machida and Chris Weidman and said that the UFC official rankings aren't being respected.

Vitor Belfort has once again criticized the title shot that the UFC has given to Lyoto Machida at UFC 175. After being replaced by "The Dragon" because of the TRT ban by the NSAC, "The Phenom" wanted to take his title challenger spot back immediately on the July 5th show but that request was denied. He has accepted that, but told Sportv that Ronaldo Souza should have been scheduled to fight the champion Chris Weidman in his place instead of Machida.

It makes no sense he (Lyoto) is being touted to fight for the belt, but it would make sense if was Jacare. If there is a ranking system, this ranking should be respected. It is like what Jon Jones said, the rankings don't mean anything. We have to accept their decision but as I said before, whoever has the belt is my next opponent.

Machida was behind Belfort and Souza at UFC official middleweight rankings when "The Phenom" was dropped from UFC 173.

The title fight between "The Dragon" and Weidman was delayed because of an injury from the champion and will happen at UFC 175 on July 5.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker