With Vitor Belfort finally set as the official contender to Chris Weidman’s middleweight title, the UFC can get to work sorting out all of the details.
UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta recently told ESPN.com that the Weidman-Belfort fight will most likely take place in Las Vegas, possibly aimed for May or July. He added that the timing will depend a lot on when Weidman feels he is ready.
While Vegas makes sense for these big title fight events, it’s an interesting choice considering the criticisms commonly leveled at Belfort’s use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). Many believe that the UFC is “hiding” Belfort in Brazil, where the TRT regulations are allegedly looser.
This has obviously never been proven, and if Belfort does end up fighting in the States, it could finally put those rumors to rest.
Vitor Belfort has had a remarkable return to form since returning to the UFC in 2009. He has gone 6-2 since then, with all six wins against big name fighters. His pair of losses came at the hands of light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and former middleweight champ Anderson Silva, both arguably at the top of their game.
All three of his most recent wins, Dan Henderson, Luke Rockhold, and Michael Bisping, have come via headkick.
Chris Weidman meanwhile is undefeated at 11-0, and is coming off of back-to-back wins against Anderson Silva. He has finished eight of his 11 opponents.