(Vitor Belfort waits his turn)
As if it wasn’t retardo enough, Affliction continues to add more and more fights and fighters to it’s first card. On Friday, the insanely inconsistent Vernon “Tiger” White announced he was signed to take on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, aka “Little Nog” at the event. And now Vitor Belfort has said that he’ll be fighting on the card as well:
Vitor Belfort will be fighting on the big Affliction: Banned card on July 19 in Anaheim, California. Vitor confirmed the news to Premire Combat during the UFC 84 broadcast where Belfort acts as a commentator. Surprisingly, Belfort will be fighting at middleweight, dropping down from light-heavyweight. No opponent has been named.
I’ve always been curious to see how hard the hammer falls on a fighter who ignores a US athletic commission suspension to fight overseas. See, that’s what Vitor Belfort did after testing posive for anabolic steroids against Dan Henderson in Vegas. Belfort was suspended until November 2007, but later defied the suspension and fought for Cage Rage in the UK.
So while Belfort’s suspension is long over, it’ll be interesting to see if he can obtain a fighter’s license because of that whole “Fuck you guys, I’m fighting over here now” thingy. While the Affliction show is in California and not in Nevada, these commissions tend to back eachother up a lot. Add the fact that the CSAC will deny you if you look at them the wrong way, and I wouldn’t bet on Vitor making it onto the card.