Sorry, Vitor. The UFC Middlweight Champion Will Have Home Field Advantage.
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman once again defeated MMA legend Anderson Silva at UFC 168 and with little time to celebrate UFC president Dana White announced that his next title defense and new opponent was already set in stone.
The news came about weeks before heading into possibly the most anticipated pay per view the UFC has ever produced. White announced that Belfort would get the winner, no matter who the victor. Weidman’s win over Silva at UFC 168 solidified the young Long Islander (if not already) as the man in the middleweight division. For the record, as a fan of Silva I completely disagree with the notions of Weidman’s wins being either a fluke due to Silva’s clowning or due to his injury. At the end of the day, Weidman’s record book states he is undefeated and beat the greatest fighter twice within a 6 month span.
Belfort has easily earned his right to be No. 1 contender following his 3 highlight reel knockouts all by head kick (one spinning back kick) over Michael Bisping, former Strikeforce middlweight champion Luke Rockhold and Pride/UFC legend Dan Henderson — this granted Belfort the title of being the only man to ever knockout Henderson in his entire career. Only to top it all off with a title shot granted in December, a clear runner up for fighter of the year.
The two present interesting styles which pair up in favor of the champion, in my personal opinion. We have Belfort who has been on an absolute tear defeating top contenders in his division, including hopping up to 205 to face Jon Jones and. Belfort’s only losses since 2006 have been to two of the best fighters ever seen inside the octagon, Jon Jones and Silva.
That said, Co-owner of the UFC Lorenzo Fertitta recently announced that the Weidman vs Belfort will happen in Las Vegas, NV. in either May or June of 2014. Date/PPV TBA.
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