Forrest Griffin refused Vitor Belfort as an opponent for UFC 155, it has been claimed.
According to Belfort, Griffin was offered a list of potential opponents and said he was happy to face any of them except Belfort, despite the fact that the Brazilian light-heavyweight had only recently fought and been submitted by Jon Jones.
Griffin had been due to face Chael Sonnen at UFC 155 but the bout was scrapped when Sonnen was pulled out and matched with Jones in a coaching spot on The Ultimate Fighter season 17.
“I met with Forrest and he told me that he volunteered for a list of six names and mine was the first. He said he would face any of them except me. It's good to have this kind of recognition. I am here to serve the company,” Belfort told UOL Esporte.
Belfort also said that he would be happy to face Michael Bisping if that was the match that the UFC wanted to make next. Both he and Bisping recently denied they were being set up to face each other but earlier this week UFC president Dana White revealed that the company is indeed keen on seeing the match happen.
“My weight, my category, are the medium. 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,” says Belfort.