No date has been set, nor have any contracts been signed, but according to UFC head honcho Lorenzo Fertitta, reigning middleweight champ Chris Weidman will likely face his next challenger – Vitor Belfort – in Las Vegas, N.V. Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com has the scoop:
UFC CEO and co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta confirmed the plans to ESPN.com via text message on Thursday. Weidman will be seeking the second defense of his 185-pound title.
“Depending on Chris Weidman, I’d like to do Vegas [in] May or July,” Fertitta said of a potential location and date for the matchup.
As it’s a pretty well-known fact that Belfort uses testosterone replacement therapy, and has had issues with steroid suspensions in the past, it’s been assumed that he’d have trouble getting licensed to compete Stateside and was confined to competing only in Brazil, where medical oversight may not always meet the same standards. Therefore, at this stage, talk of Weidman actually meeting the Brazilian in the cage should be taken with a grain of salt. If the together though – especially given their accomplishments as of late – expect a battle of epic proportions.