Vitor Belfort Calls Out Wanderlei Silva For Singapore Showdown
Twenty one years on from their first encounter, Vitor Belfort has called out Wanderlei Silva for the ‘most anticipated rematch that will ever happen in the MMA combat sports history’.
Taking to social media, Belfort called out his fellow Brazilian for a showdown on ONE Championship’s upcoming Singapore card, which is set to go down on February 28th.
“The time is ticking. #42 Wanderlei Silva, I heard that you are asking to fight me again? I hope this is true. I have a Christmas gift for you. I am willing to give you the most anticipated rematch that will ever happen in the MMA combat sports history.
Do you accept my gift? If you do, I already suggest the date and the location. What about the end of February, [in] Singapore? ONE Championship is one of the most growing sports organisation in the world.
Merry Christmas @wandfc
@yodchatri @onechampjp @onechampionship let’s give to this amazing fans, this fight on the best platform of combat sports.”
Belfort, now aged 42 years old, and Silva, now 43, first fought at UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil, in Sao Paulo, in October of 1998. ‘The Phenom’ scored a quick TKO victory in the first minute, in what was ‘The Axe Murderer’s’ UFC debut.
Vitor signed with ONE Championship in March of this year but is yet to make his debut. Soon after the signing, Belfort announced that he would be fighting boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. in his ONE debut. However, this has not materialised.
Then in July, the former UFC light heavyweight champion announced that his ONE debut would go down in Brazil. When we asked ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong about Belfort’s claim, we were told that talks were on going. However, there has still been no further developments as yet.
Belfort hasn’t fought since May of 2018, when he suffered a first round knockout to Lyoto Machida, at UFC 224. Silva has fought slightly more recently, losing to Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson via a second round TKO, in September of 2018 at Bellator 206.
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