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Dana White rules out Belfort getting next title shot

ESPN staff
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Dana White has poured cold water on Vitor Belfort's demands for a rematch with Anderson Silva, stating he needs to beat "some people" first before he gets another crack at the UFC middleweight title.

Belfort was typically lethal against Yoshihiro Akiyama, smashing his way to a first-round KO that earned him the Knockout of the Night bonus. The Brazilian has now only been beaten by Silva in his last seven fights.

The theory held by Belfort is that he was finished by a once-in-a-lifetime kick by Silva in their first clash at UFC 126. He wants the chance to prove it in a rematch, but UFC president White has other ideas.

Silva takes on Yushin Okami at UFC 134 at the end of the month, and victory will open a few options. Chael Sonnen, if he beats Brian Stann at UFC 136, warrants a rematch after his narrow defeat to the champion at UFC 117, while talk of a superfight with Georges St-Pierre is always prominent.

"If they (Silva and Belfort) went out and had this war, back and forth - if it were like the Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva fight - that'd be one thing. But it lasted what, 35 seconds? (it actually lasted three minutes and 25 seconds)" questioned White. "It's something Vitor is going to have to chew on for a while.

"Vitor handled his business quickly [tonight]. Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I were sitting there. I don't know if you guys noticed, but when [Akiyama] threw that front kick, Vitor went apes**t. He went crazy when he did that. So he went and finished that fight. Yeah, that pi**ed him off.

"Vitor's going to have to beat some people at 185 and then work his way back up to that title shot because it'd be hard to make that title fight after what happened [against Silva]."

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