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Chris Weidman on Defending UFC Title Against Vitor At UFC 181 “I’ve Got to Beat Him.”

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Vitor Belfort (24-10) will challenge Current UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman (12-0) at UFC 181 on December 6th for the 185 pound division gold.

Weidman has been a force to be reckoned with in the UFC but the problem is, nobody can reckon with him.

He is 8-0 against the toughest competition the world has to offer and has recently vanquished the renown GOAT Anderson Silva.

Twice.

Both victories coming by TKO.

Most recently he slayed a Dragon by the name of Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 in July by way of unanimous decision.

It would take someone phenomenal to stop this man.

A phenom.

Vitor Belfort could be that man.

Belfort has defeated 5 UFC ranked fighters in the last 4 years and has only lost to the Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones.

In his last appearance he knocked the head off of Dan Henderson in just over a minute into their main event bout at UFC Fight Night 32.

Should Chris Weidman wear a helmet on December 6th?

Or will the fact that Vitor can no longer take PED’s effect his fighting style with it being this late into his 11 year career?

Only time will tell.

But tell Chris Weidman did in a recent interview with Sherdog.com, he told of his thoughts on Vitor and their Title tilt at UFC 181.

He harped some on his versatility.

“I think that I’m a versatile individual, and I pretty much feel like I can do anything that I want to do in there. I can stand and bang and knock him out, or I feel as if I can take him down and submit him. Nothing’s going to come easily, and I always expect some resistance, but if someone had yelled out and told me that this is what I had to do, I am getting the job done, whether they told me to submit him or knock him out. I’m going to get it done.”

Then he addressed if he would end the 11 year career of the Brazilian native.

 “I’m not saying that I’m going to end his career. I don’t like to sort of dictate people’s lives. All that I know is that I’ve got to go out there on Dec. 6, and I’ve got to beat him. Whatever happens with him after that is up to him; but again, people have asked me that, like they did with my first fight with Anderson: ‘Do I want to retire him?’ Same thing with Machida. But my goal is not to do that at all. I don’t want to hurt people’s livelihoods. If they love what they’re doing, I want them to keep doing that.”

All in all Weidman showed class and respect for Belfort.

“I have respect for him, and I have respect for the cage. Anybody who is going to step into the cage, I have respect for. The second that I don’t have respect for someone in there is the second that it would take for me to lose that belt. That being said, my reign as champion is going to be a long one, and no one is going to take this belt form me for a long, long time.”

 

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.
  • Edward Stamos

    I have been a Weidman fan since his first fill in fight at UFC. I believe Weidman can & will win this fight. One thing I believe Weidman needs to work on is his MMA take downs, IMO he still does not look fluid and the timing is little off. Everyone should get take down tutor-age from GSP.