MANILA, Philippines – Mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Vitor Belfort admitted he was sad to see his fellow Brazilian Anderson Silva sustaining a gruesome injury against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Silva, who knocked Belfort out in 2011, broke his left leg after his low kick got checked by Weidman in UFC 168.
“It was sad... I think nobody wants to end up like that,” “The Phenom” said in MMA Weekly.
Belfort said injuries happen in any contact sport, especially MMA.
“It's part of the job. In football we have injuries, in soccer we have injuries, in fighting we have injuries,” said the 36-year-old former light heavyweight champion. “People break things, that's part of the job. It's contact sport.”
“But I know it's not about injuries, it's how you gotta do to recover.”
Belfort also welcomed talks of him possibly challenging Weidman. UFC co-owner and executive Lorenzo Fertitta said the fight could take place in Las Vegas sometime in May or July.
“I'm ready to fight anyone... I'm very loyal to my principles and I'm ready,” said the Phenom.