"Wanderlei is a high profile adversary, one of the great names of Brasil, an exponent abroad. Yeah, I have got a rivalry with him but its only sporting, I don't feel angry at him or have anything against him. I will fight to win and the best will win," Belfort said.
Belfort and Silva are currently opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, the two first met in 1998's UFC: Brazil where Belfort KO'ed Silva in just 44 seconds.
Banter between the coaches have become the norm for the reality show and critiques have been made on Belfort's "lecture-like" boring speeches as well as boasting about his cup size, Silva has been the more vocal of the two.
"I won't come into his game. The thing with Wanderlei is that he wants to destabilize me mentally. He cannot judge me, he doesn't know me! He was always talkative and then he gave interviews saying he was revolted with me," Belfort said.
Belfort and Silva will rematch after the show's finale at UFC 147 set for June 23. As both men head into their mid-30s, Belfort has been the more successful. Belfort will go into UFC 147 with a record of 3-1 over four fights, losing only to Anderson Silva at UFC 126. Silva is 2-2 over four fights, last defeating Cung Le via TKO at UFC 139.
"The important thing is to wait and see the result. When we fight, I will run over him and show what a true competitor is," Belfort said.