Morning Report: Vitor Belfort turns down Tim Kennedy fight, will only accept title shots at middleweight

Chris Trotman

You have to admire him sticking to guns.

After UFC President Dana White told our very own Ariel Helwani last week he wanted to match Vitor Belfort up with former Strikeforce turned UFC middleweight contender Tim Kennedy, Belfort did not react in an overly enthusiastic manner.

According to a report from Globo, Belfort won't be taking any middleweight fights unless it's for a title. He'll fight at catchweights or wherever he can to stay busy, but at 185 pounds? Either it's for a title or it ain't happening.

"It doesn't make sense that Vitor, who is No. 1 in the rankings, should fight against No. 2, No. 6 or No. 10 in his weight class," said Belfort's wife and manager Joana Prado. "His next fight in the middleweight class will be against the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva. If the UFC wishes him to fight in any class above middleweight, we are at their disposal. It can be anyone, Tim Kennedy, even Roy Nelson, but it has to be at 205 pounds or heavyweight – he'll even fight as a heavyweight. Vitor wants to fight, but in his weight class, only if for the belt."

For his part, White isn't overly thrilled with Belfort's response or general attitude on the manner. "Vitor, for some insane reason, believes he should get the fight with Weidman or Anderson Silva right now," he said. "He's out of his mind."

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's FanPost of the Day comes to us from Decado who does the leg work to figure out if the UFC is experiencing a decline in pay-per-view buys. Here's a snippet, but be sure to read the full post to get the full analysis:

Common wisdom holds that 2010 was the high-point for the UFC, and PPV sales have been declining since. The fact UFC 161 only drew 150,000 buys, a new low, proves that. Right? Wrong.

The UFC's modern-era (UFC 57 onwards) buyrates actually read something like this:

Mid-Late 2006, buyrates average in the 500ks.
in 2007 buyrate averages drop to a little over 400k per event.
in 2008 that recovers slightly to a little under 500k per event.
Early 2009 explodes and by mid 09 the average is in the 700k per event range.
In Early 2010 the average tumbles to 400k, on the back of a bad run of 8 PPVs.
By mid-late 2010 the average hits mid 700k, matching 2009's highest average.
Late 2010 is dropping slowly, the average down to 600k by year end.
2011 drops averages to the lowest of the modern era, the mid 300k range.
2012 begins the recovery process, getting averages back over the 400k range.
2013 continues this, with averages as of 162 approaching the 500k range.

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