UFC Planning Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort Title Fight for Las Vegas
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.02.2014
It could happen this summer…
According to a report by ESPN.com, the UFC is said to be planning an upcoming middleweight title bout with champion Chris Weidman and top contender Vitor Belfort later this year in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC CEO and co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta talked about the plans via text message on Thursday (Jan. 2). According to Fertitta, "Depending on Chris Weidman, I'd like to do Vegas [in] May or July."
Previously, there has been controversy surrounding Belfort and his use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and his being able to attain a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the procedure in Las Vegas, Nevada. In October 2006, Belfort failed a drug test for steroids following his Pride FC 32 bout against Dan Henderson. If the fight takes place in Las Vegas, Belfort would have to apply for a TUE from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The NSAC has previously approved TUEs for other UFC fighters in the past, including Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir, and Forrest Griffin.
The past failed drug test could make it harder for Belfort to receive a TUE from the NSAC, but it doesn't guarantee he would not receive one or not get licensed to fight in the state either.