Controversial UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort will get the chance to silence his critics at UFC 181, as we learned recently that ‘The Phenom’ would be granted a license to fight for the title against Chris Weidman in December. Belfort was originally scheduled to face ‘The All-American’ at UFC 173, but the TRT ban played havoc with Belfort’s plans and Lyoto Machida took the shot at UFC 175.
Belfort will be the subject of rigorous testing by the NSAC in the coming months, but doesn’t seem to have lost his focus for the Weidman fight. Check out what he said to Combate.com, via Bloody Elbow:
“(Chris Weidman) has a lot of flaws in his game. We’ll exploit them. I’ve been studying Weidman and I believe that you will see a nice fight. I’m ready for five rounds of Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling… This bout has been already very anticipated, I think it’ll be a great show.”
Weidman’s flaws have certainly remained hidden quite well thus far, as ‘The All-American’ remains perfect at 12-0, including two wins over Anderson Silva. Belfort had possibly the best 2013 of all the UFC roster, racking up knockout wins over Dan Henderson Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold. Age, it seems, is not a factor for Belfort:
“I’m as hungry as when I won my first world title at 19 years old. Today I’m 37 and I have the opportunity to be world champion for the third time in a third different division. With humility, determination and respect for my opponent, I’ll do my best to win my third belt. “
Many critics argued that the testosterone therapy that Belfort used gave him an unfair advantage, but that should play no factor in his UFC 181 title bout with Weidman. Check out the video that Belfort posted to his Instagram and tell me if you think the TRT ban has changed him….