Latest from UFC: Belfort calls out Wand, Minotouro faces Franklin, Jason Miller. . .


Belfort celebrates win over Wand. Photo: Juca Martins.

Vitor Belfort has an encounter with Yoshihiro Akiyama set for August 6 at UFC 133 in Philadelphia. The fighter addressed the matchup on the R7 website and made his displeasure with Wanderlei Silva clear.

“Now it’s official, we’re going to headline UFC 133,” Belfort is quoted as saying.

“I expect it to be a good fight. He’s a really tough and durable athlete. It has all the makings of a good, lively fight,” he added, before going on to address the hullabaloo surrounding the matchup he was supposed to have had with Wanderlei Silva.

“The facts are what matter. It was bad on him having called me out. An athlete of his level talking like that. . . He lacked respect. But his tongue turned on him, it looked bad. Wanderlei challenged me, talked a bunch of crap, and when it came down to it he said he wasn’t ready? Then don’t challenge me, keep quiet. It’s important to think before talking, but that’s life.”

Minotouro matched with Rich Franklin

The two are coming of a loss and will face off at the same event as Belfort and Akiyama, UFC 133. Rogério Minotouro lost to Phil Davis at UFC 24, while Rich Franklin came up short against Forrest Griffin at UFC 126. Now they will figure on the main card in Philadelphia.

Jason Miller returns to UFC

On his only UFC appearance, at the 52nd installment of the show, Jason Miller came up short against Georges Saint-Pierre back in 2005. Since then the fiesty fighter made a name for himself at events like Dream and Strikeforce, where he also stirred up a good deal of controversy. Since Zuffa’s purchase of Strikefoce, Miller is the first fighter from the organization to step over to the promotion led by Dana White and the Fertittas.

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