Vitor Belfort claims Forrest Griffin turned down chance to fight him

When middleweight Vitor Belfort stepped up to face UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Joneson short notice the opinion surrounding the move seemed to be that it was a one-time favor from Belfort as a means of helping the organization out in a jam. However, it sounds like “The Phenom” is fine with fighting at 205 pounds again if need be.

In fact, Belfort nearly gave it another go at UFC 155, revealing he was presented as an option for Forrest Griffin along with a few other names after Chael Sonnen was pulled from the December 29 bout.

“Griffin had said he would face any of them except me,” revealed Belfort of the matter in an interview with Caged Insider.

Griffin ultimately went on to agree to a fight with Phil Davis at the UFC’s year-end event.

While Belfort is open to action at light heavyweight, he’s also perfectly content to continue competing in his current divisional home.

“I am here to serve the company,” explained Belfort. “I am adaptable. But I do not have much time left in my career and I want to have great challenges, be in whichever weight it will be. I can make great fights and don’t run from anybody. I’ll be always ready.”

Belfort has recently been linked to a match-up with Michael Bisping in mid-January though the clash has not been made official.

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