Vitor Belfort verbally agreed to bout with Anderson Silva

The potential UFC middleweight title fight between current champion Anderson Silva and fan-favorite Vitor Belfort appears one step closer to reality.

Fighters Only magazine has translated an interview from Portuguese-language website Terra.com.br with Belfort, and “The Phenom” says he’s verbally agreed to the bout.

The Los Angeles Times first reported the potential UFC 108 headlining bout and cited UFC president Dana White as confirming the news.

“There is a verbal agreement on my part,” Belfort told Terra.com.br. “Now it has to do with the champion, Anderson. It is the champion who is in charge.”

Following Belfort’s UFC 103 main-event win over Rich Franklin in September, White made it clear he felt the Brazilian had earned the right to face “The Spider,” despite the claim of a few other top middleweights.

“To be honest with you, the way the last two fights happened with (Nate) Marquardt and (Dan) Henderson against Anderson Silva, I think it would be better to see them fight each other, and the winner of that become the next contender,” White said. “I think Vitor is ready to fight Anderson Silva (now).”

Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, was unavailable for comment when contacted by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

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