After getting smoked last weekend by Kelvin Gastelum in Brazil Vitor Belfort doesn’t have much left in the tank. At 39 years of age the former UFC champ has lost three straight by TKO and has talked openly about fighting in a “Legend’s Division”. It now appears that he wants one more fight and it’s with CM Punk.
According to an interview with AGFight
“I’m going to talk to them, but I want this fight at 205 pounds. I would love to do this fight in this category.”
“It would have to be an interesting fighter, but not a top fighter. I’ve been fighting good guys before: Dan Henderson, Weidman, ‘Jacare’, Mousasi and now Kelvin. These are all hard fights, so if you can book a smoother fight… What’s the name of that guy from WWE? CM Punk would be a good fight. CM Punk, let’s get it on. That would be a really good fight.”
This fight isn’t going to happen for several reasons. CM Punk is a welterweight and there’s not way he fights at 205 pounds. Middleweight is realistic but there’s no way he fights Belfort at lightweight. Another reason is that no commission in their right mind will sanction a fight between a guy with 39 professional fights and a guy who is 0-1. Commissions are in place for fighter safety and no Commissioner in their right mind (except maybe Texas) will green light the fight.
Punk has been out of action since he got mauled by Mickey Gall last September. Despite losing his pro debut he has lobbied UFC President Dana White for one more fight in the octagon. That fight isn’t going to be against Vitor Belfort. If Punk was wise he’d go back to the WWE for a big pay day at Wrestlemania 33 against Samoa Joe but his pride likely wouldn’t allow it.
Belfort would be smart to call someone else out that he actually has a shot at fighting and beating. Shogun Rua just fought on the same show and would be a logical opponent since the two never crossed paths over the years. If I was Vitor I would hope the UFC would release me and then go to Bellator where he could get big fights with older stars like Chael Sonnen or Rampage Jackson.