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Vitor Belfort: 'I think that spinning kick got to Luke Rockhold's head'

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Vitor Belfort reflects on Luke Rockhold's continued criticism of the former champ.

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Despite two years passing since Vitor Belfort's stunning head kick knockout of Luke Rockhold, the Californian still holds ill will towards his former opponent. Rockhold became the second victim of Belfort's new found head kick; the Brazilian also crumpled Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping in similar fashion.

'The Phenom' doesn't understand why Rockhold still holds a grudge against him, but thinks the spinning kick may have something to do with it.

"I don't have any animosity, he (Luke Rockhold) does," Belfort said to BJPenn.com I think that spinning head kick got to his head. I don't have anything against anybody. I want to fight the best guys, like I always did. I want to finish my legacy in the sport, fighting the best."

Since losing to Belfort in 2013, Rockhold has surged through the middleweight rankings with a series of wins over top 185 lbs. contenders. The 30-year-old's last stoppage victory over Lyoto Machida at UFC on FOX 15 earlier in April saw him emerge as the #1 ranked middleweight contender - earning him a title shot against divisional kingpin, Chris Weidman.

Vitor Belfort is undecided on a winner between Weidman and Rockhold, but plans to re-climb the 185 lbs. ladder to earn his stake as the next title challenger.

"I think it's going to be tough," stated Belfort when pressed to give a prediction for Rockhold vs. Weidman. "Let's see. Let me do my thing, and let me work to get the winner. Let me do my thing."