UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman (12-0) recently pulled out of his scheduled title defense against the “Phenom” Vitor Belfort (24-10) at UFC 181 in December due to an injured hand. This withdraw was answered by Belfort who ridiculed the champion for exiting the event.
Vitor claimed that Wiedman just wanted to hold is belt through Christmas and event went on to suggest that the UFC should create an Interim Belt. Chris is known as a casually laid back guy but the comments from the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion were more than enough to get the “All-American” to respond.
Weidman did just that on The MMA Hour and answered Vitor’s verbal jabs with some of his own.
“This is a guy who, I just fought in July,” Weidman said. “It doesn’t make any sense, it’s not like I’ve been out for a year. This guy hasn’t fought since November. And I was actually, we were supposed to fight. We were lined up to fight in July. And he had to pull out of the fight. And you know why he had to pull out of the fight? He failed a drug test. So this guy is failing drug tests and he has the audacity, he has the balls to start talking junk? About me not fighting. He hasn’t fought since November. So what if he gets the belt? So what happens with that? He just makes no sense. That’s the bottom line.”
Weidman is 8-0 in the UFC and in the top 5 of pound for pound fighters. Of those fighters he’s taken out 2 former UFC Champions and one former Number 1 contender. Weidman ousted former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida in his last outing by way of unanimous decision at UFC 175 in July and demolished long time middleweight kingpin and former UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva in 2 rounds a piece at UFC 162 and UFC 168.
Chris’s roll in the UFC has brought a slight amount of confidence to the native of New York. Weidman went on to tell of what he plans to do to Belfort once both have entered the confines of the cage whenever their next date is determined.
“I’m going to have a lot of fun. I’m going in there to embarrass him. This is not going to be a close fight, this is going to be a completely, I’m going to embarrass him in that cage. I’m going to make him look like an old man who withered away. I want to completely toy with him. I want to toy with him. I want to beat him up standing, I want to toss him on his butt. Smack him in his mouth a couple times while he’s on the ground. Maybe go for a submission, make him almost tap, and let go of it, let him stand up, beat him up on the feet, take him down again, just completely just make a mockery of him.”
To his credit his arrogance maybe warranted for nobody has ever really came close to defeating Weidman in his mixed martial arts tenure. However if any man can unseat the current champion signs point to the handspeed of Belfort. Vitor hasn’t seen a decision victory since 2007 and 7 of his last 8 wins have come by some form of knockout.