MANILA – Mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Vitor Belfort has no qualms fighting Briton Michael Bisping even if it won't lead to a fight against reigning middleweight king Anderson Silva.
“[UFC president] Dana White knows what he is doing and I trust him. He’s the promoter of the organization. My job is to just follow orders and I accept it. And I will make sure I do my part and deliver,” Belfort, known as “The Phenom,” said in ESPN.
Unlike Bisping, Belfort won’t have the privilege of challenging Silva if he wins in this weekend’s UFC on FOX.
Belfort, who won the UFC heavyweight tournament at the age of 19, said his main duty is to win even without a title on the line.
“So this will be just another day at the office, and I will stop Michael Bisping. That’s it, that’s my job.”
“I’m just taking it step by step. It’s not being arrogant, but I don’t like to talk about something that’s in the future. Right now, I have Michael Bisping and that’s the most important fight of my career. We can talk about the future after this fight,” added the 35-year-old striker.
The Belfort-Bisping bout will serve as the main event of UFC on FOX, which takes place at the Ibirapuera Arena in Brazil on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
The trash-talking Bisping promised to make a punching bag out of Belfort, but the Brazilian legend remains unfazed.
“My ultimate goal, everybody knows, is winning, getting to the top of the chain. That’s my main goal,” said Belfort.