Vitor Belfort has hit back at Luke Rockhold's recent comments by insisting that the middleweight must still be 'in shock' from the spinning heel kick that ended their fight last year.
Earlier this week Rockhold was telling the media that he doubts Belfort will even be able to fight UFC Middleweight champion, Chris Weidman come UFC 181 in December but Belfort has wasted no time in retaliating.
Speaking on The MMA Hour, "That playboy is still in shock from the kick. He’s in shock. People are in shock. That’s the word. Lions don’t apologize for being lions. I don’t. It is what it is."
Belfort isn't taking any flack
Ever since he failed a drugs test earlier this year, fighters like Rockhold and many others have been on the back of the Brazilian fighter but the MMA veteran isn't having any of it.
"Eighteen years ago, I was in this game," the Brazilian said. "I had to fight twice in one night. In 2004, I became the light heavyweight champion. I’m so glad that I’m still here, and I think that affects a lot of people, and give joy to a lot of people. A lot of guys they are just mama’s boys with powder in their butts."
"When you get knocked out, just shut your mouth, go to the gym and train," he added. "Eighteen years ago, all of these boys were in high school, and right now they think they are going to use me as a ladder? But the ladder is so high, the altitude is so high they cannot breathe. Hey bro, the altitude is too high."
Belfort competed in the UFC for the first time in 1997, a decade before Rockhold did, and is currently in his third run with the company.
The long path to Weidman and Rockhold's jibes
Belfort was initially supposed to fight Weidman back at UFC 173 but due to a failed drugs test for elevated testosterone levels, that fight was scrapped and Belfort was replaced by Lyoto Machida and the fight moved to UFC 175.
He was set to face Chael Sonnen at UFC 175, replacing Wanderlei Silva - who had failed a drugs test. After Sonnen's own shame was revealed, Belfort was pulled and will now fight for Weidman's title in December.
However, Rockhold has doubted the Brazilian's ability to make it to the event, calling him 'frail' and has begun campaigning to replace him in the main event already.
It will be over a year since Belfort last fought, should he make it to 181 clean and uninjured. His last fight was a win over Dan Henderson at Light Heavyweight and with the fight taking place in Vegas, he's going to face strict testing and for his sake that best not be an issue.