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Belfort holds talks with UFC over Weidman fight in Rio

ESPN staff
July 24, 2012
Vitor Belfort beat Anthony Johnson during his last visit to Brazil © Getty Images

Vitor Belfort has revealed he has held talks with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva over a possible fight with Chris Weidman.

Belfort is determined to earn a second shot at middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and he believes Weidman is his ticket to that bout. The Brazilian has asked the UFC to make a No. 1 contender fight between he and Weidman for the next Brazil card at UFC 153 in October.

"Guys, I spoke to Joe Silva and asked to fight with the top contender #weidman here in Brazil,2 Belfort tweeted. "I think this is the fight that will credence me to a title fight so that is what happened.

"I want the belt but I am not desperate. I think Weidman is the next for the belt, but Anderson Silva deserves to see who is next. So let's make this fight the next contender: Belfort vs Weidman the next contender for Anderson Silva."

Weidman quickly replied to Belfort, and he seemed less willing to meet the former light-heavyweight.

Weidman tweeted: "Love ya @vitorbelfort but you already had your shot at the belt and I'm sure you will have another in the future. Right now is my time though."

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