Belfort will have to face Weidman in Las Vegas, not familiar Brazil

Posted: January 3, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news
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belfort1Middleweight champion Chris Weidman will be jumping from the frying pan into the fire for his next fight. If defeating the greatest fighter in UFC history—twice—wasn’t enough, his next challenger is the surging Vitor Belfort. But the heat might be on Belfort, not Weidman. That’s because Lorenzo Fertitta has already stated that the fight will take place in Las Vegas.

Belfort hasn’t fought in the U.S. since August of 2011, and critics have complained that the UFC only books Belfort in Brazil to make it easier for him to pass his drug tests. The issue is Belfort’s therapeutic-use exemption for testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT). Belfort maintains that he could pass tests in any country, including the U.S.

If the fight is held in Vegas as expected, he’ll have to apply for an exemption from the NSAC, which he’ll likely get. He was popped by the NSAC while in PRIDE following his Las Vegas matchup with Dan Henderson in 2006. It remains to be seen if that failed test will give Belfort any problems when applying this time.

Belfort earned his #1 ranking by destroying everything in his path over the past year. He knocked out Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson consecutively—all resulting from head kicks.

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