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Belfort receives license to fight Weidman at UFC 181

Belfort receives license to fight Weidman at UFC 181

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort and his lawyer Michael Alonso met with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today in order to obtain a license to fight Chris Weidman at December’s UFC 181 event in Las Vegas.

The meeting was a success, as NSAC officials granted “The Phenom” a conditional license.

Following the meeting, UFC officials announced that Chris Weidman (12-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) will defend his belt against Vitor Belfort (24-10 MMA, 13-6 UFC) at UFC 181, which takes place December 6 live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Belfort was last seen in action at November’s “UFC Fight Night 32” event in Brazil, where he scored a first-round head kick knockout over former Strikeforce and Pride champ Dan Henderson. The violent stoppage remarkably marked “The Phenom’s” third-straight win by head kick knockout. Prior to Henderson, Vitor had put away both Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold in the same fashion.

Meanwhile, current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s most recent octagon appearance came earlier this month at UFC 175 in Las Vegas, where he defeated challenger Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision. Prior to his win over “The Dragon,” Weidman defeated Anderson Silva on back-to-back occasions.

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Anderson Silva: A fight with Nick Diaz could be interesting

Anderson Silva: A fight with Nick Diaz could be interesting

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) recently appeared at a media scrum in Rio de Janeiro, where he talked about a possible return fight against Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC).

“Well, if everybody is saying that it would be an interesting fight, what am I going to say?” said Silva as translated by Guilherme Cruz for MMAFighting. “It could be an interesting fight.”

Anderson was also asked if he was hopeful to eventually earn a third bout against current middleweight champ Chris Weidman, to which he responded:

“Rematch with Chris Weidman is something that is not in my plans. He already defeated me twice, everybody saw this. Lyoto has an opportunity to fight him, we also have ‘Jacare’, who’s coming and looking for his way. Let’s root for them to get their space in the UFC and get their shot at the title, win it, become great champions and bring big wins for Brazil.”

Nick Diaz remains semi-retired for now. The Stockton slugger has gone on record as saying that the only way he will return to the octagon is for a title shot or for a “Big Fight” that will pay him at least $500,000.

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Dana White: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz is a possibility‏

Dana White: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz is a possibility‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

A clash between MMA superstars Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva could take place in the octagon according to UFC President Dana White.

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) has stated on record that he is interested in a fight with the Stockton Slugger, Diaz. “The Spider” has not competed inside the cage since UFC 168 this past December, where he suffered a horrific leg injury (broken leg) in his rematch with rating middleweight champ Chris Weidman.

Meanwhile, former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) has been out of action even longer than Silva. The California native was last seen inside the cage at UFC 158 in March of 2013, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss in his title fight with Georges St. Pierre.

When asked what he thought of the potential fight, UFC President Dana White stated the following:

“Anderson isn’t coming back until December,” White said. “It’s far enough that I don’t need to talk to him yet. If Anderson wants to fight Nick, and Nick wants to fight Anderson, why would I say no?”

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Sonnen: My fight with Vitor is a No. 1 contenders match‏

Sonnen: My fight with Vitor is a No. 1 contenders match‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

News broke yesterday that the much-anticipated fight featuring TUF Brazil 3 coaches Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva is off due to issues between the “Axe Murderer” and the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Sonnen, who works as one of the UFC Tonight hosts, said that Wanderlei refused to take a random drug test when approached by the NSAC.

With all that said, Sonnen will now be fighting Vitor Belfort at July’s UFC 175 event in Las Vegas. The fight will take place at light-heavyweight (205 pounds) but according to the “American Gangstar”  the new bout has middleweight title ramifications.

“The stakes are up. I am now fighting in a No. 1 contenders match. The winner of my bout will take on the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida.”

As of now, the UFC has not confirmed that the fight will be for a shot at the title. Belfort of course was scheduled to fight Weidman for the title before the NSAC banned TRT usage, causing him to have to clear his body of it. What do you guys think, should the winner get the next crack at the middleweight belt?

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