The man who defeated Anderson Silva — twice — is a 2-1 favorite in his next title defense.
Oddsmakers have placed UFC middlweight champion Chris Weidman as a 2-1 favorite over late-blooming Vitor Belfort, when the two collide in 2014.
Belfort gets a title shot after three consecutive highlight reel knockouts over Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson. Prior to that, Belfort nearly tapped out UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones with an armbar.
The 36-year-old Belfort has experienced a career resurgence with the recent wins and stands poised to make history with an upset win. If Belfort were to derail Weidman, it would go down as one of the best comebacks in UFC history,
Weidman knocked out Silva, once considered the greatest pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world, and then TKO’d him when he broke Silva’s leg with a leg check.
Oddsmaker Joey Odessa told MMA Junkie that Weidman is the favorite.
“I think Weidman wins the fight and should be favored anywhere on the planet – even in Brazil,” said Odessa. “He just beat arguably the best 185-pound fighter to step into the Octagon two times and will get to defend in the United States.”
ESPN.com recently reported that the fight may take place in May or July. The UFC has not yet announced when the fight will take place.
Belfort was knocked out by Silva in his last title shot. Silva landed a wicked front kick that dropped Belfort. Silva was finally derailed by Weidman, who defeated the former champion in just his 10th professional fight.
Belfort seems to have found the fountain of youth. In recent fights he has looked fast, sharp and strong. He also has a more aggressive fighting style. He’s not afraid to force the contact with the fighters and take a punch in order to get inside.