Chris Weidman earned his fourth straight win over a former Brazilian UFC champion, quickly turning back the challenge of Vitor Belfort Saturday night at UFC 187.
Belfort landed early in the opening round, connecting with a flurry of shots. But once Weidman was able to bring it to the canvas, things got real bad in a hurry.
Weidman scored two straight wins over Anderson Silva to win and defend the UFC middleweight title, adding a victory over Lyoto Machida after. He earned his third finish in those four fights with the stoppage vs. Belfort.
“Stop doubting me,” he screamed to the MGM Grand Garden Arena crowd. “Vitor’s a legend in this sport (and despite the animosity) I got the ‘W’ and that’s all that matters.”
The unbeaten fighter landed 76-percent of his strikes in just a few minutes of action, including 48 significant ones against the former UFC champion.
“That’s the right way to say it,” said Weidman, after being announced as still champion. “I like it.”
Weidman’s focus was to bring the fight to the ground. He waited for the right time and pounced, unloading with a barrage.
“I was thinking your tiring yourself out,” Weidman said of Belfort’s early onslaught. “If it’s a grappling match, I’m dominating.”