UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has had an uphill battle in all three title fights of his budding career thus far. First of all, ‘The All-American’ had to overcome the greatest middleweight in UFC history, as he faced Anderson Silva as a huge underdog at UFC 162. The win was as shocking as it was spectacular, and the rematch was set.
Weidman repeated history, and once again put the champion on the end of a nasty defeat, then came his double knee surgery before being booked in against Vitor Belfort. Enter the TRT ban and exit Vitor Belfort from UFC 173, and in steps Lyoto Machida as replacement. Not only did Weidman fight after two knee surgeries, but also with an injured hand at UFC 175, and won a convincing decision over ‘The Dragon’.
With the title defense against Vitor Belfort pretty much dependant on ‘The Phenom’ getting licensed in the USA, it seems that a new challenge has arisen for ‘The All-American’. That challenge would be fighting Belfort in Brazil, according to MMA reporter Shaun Al-Shatti:
Dana White really seems to like Weidman-Belfort for Brazil, but man, how can you take Belfort to Brazil for his first fight post-drug test?
— Shaun Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) July 18, 2014
While TRT was legal, Belfort fought three times in 2013, all in Brazil; mainly due to the fact that he couldn’t get licensed in Nevada because of past discrepancies with the commission. Not only will Belfort get the home soil advantage against Weidman, but he will probably have a much easier time getting licensed there.
Is UFC president Dana White overlooking Weidman’s well being with this potential booking, or does he just have that much faith in the middleweight champion? With the CABMMA being a lot more laxed on testing than their U.S cousins, could Belfort being gaining an unfair advantage for his title shot against ‘The All-American’?