Vitor Belfort was issued a conditional license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission today, and subsequently after the UFC announced that UFC 181, which will take place on December 6th, will feature Belfort challenging Chris Weidman for the Middleweight title.
This is the fight I was looking forward to seeing. In the meantime, Luke Rockhold and Lyoto Machida can tussle, while Jacare Souza and Gegard Mousasi will be fighting on September 5th (they were originally supposed to face each other at 176 before that card was ixnayed). Determine the number one contender following Weidman/Belfort with those two fights.
The thing about Vitor Belfort is that he’s going to provide action no matter where the fight goes. Even at 37 years of age, he’s fast and electric on his feet and his strikes are deadlier than ever, and on the ground, well, he’s a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. Enough said.
I do think that Chris Weidman will retain his title and continue his dominant streak as the undisputed middleweight champ, but one thing I guarantee is that this fight will end in a finish; a mere decision ending is simply not feasible.
I’m not going to hold my breath while waiting for this card, though, as it remains to be seen what will happen given the — knock on wood — UFC’s recent injury bug that’s been plaguing every fighter, left and right.
There’s also a shithorde of restrictions on this license Belfort was issued by the NSAC, and one of the conditions is that, with every drug test the NSAC enforces him to take, he’ll be paying directly out of his pocket for them. Boom. Now, stay healthy and let’s get this event rolling in December.