Vitor Belfort scored his 15 career victory by knockout last night when he defeated Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC on FX 7 in a middleweight bout.
In his post fight interview, Belfort turned his sights to the light heavyweight division and Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen is currently scheduled to face light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 159 on April 27th in New Jersey.
However, Belfort believes that Sonnen should not get the title shot against Jones and he wants to get a rematch with Jones, who he was defeated by at UFC 152 last year.
“[Sonnen] is a clown. Get out. Get out of the way,” Belfort said. “He just got knocked out pretty bad by Anderson Silva then he fights Jon Jones. He doesn’t deserve the reality show. Let me fight – real champion versus real champion. I know he’s a good athlete, but he needs to go to the back of the line. Let me fight the rematch.”
After Belfort made his statement, Sonnen had his opportunity to respond to the former UFC champion and he accepted the challenge of Belfort, but Jones is up first for him.
“Let me be really clear and speak directly to you Vitor,” Sonnen said. You have been telling the world that you want to meet Jesus and I will gladly arrange that travel, but first I am going to get rid of Jon Jones, then you are next. Vitor, I accept. Don’t make any mistake about that. You have called me out twice now.”
Along with saying he would take on Belfort after Jones, Sonnen was confused by the statements of Belfort since he was fighting as a middleweight last night and Sonnen fights in the light heavyweight division.
“I’m really confused as to what’s going on? We’re not in the same weight class. I don’t know if he knows he’s not the champion. I keep hearing him say champion versus the champion. He keeps saying to move out of the way. I wouldn’t tell somebody to move out of the way, but I’d damn sure knock them out of the way. And Vitor, that’s one thing you’re not going to be able to do.”