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Rockhold-Souza rematch should be UFC’s top middleweight priority

Scott Olmos-USA TODAY SportsWhile multiple winning streaks and impressive victories over many of the sport’s best litter the resumes of countless UFC-contenders, there’s some things that a fighter can do to instantly separate himself from almost anyone that’s not holding a belt. Facing former light heavyweight king Lyoto Machida in the main event of Saturday night’s UFC on...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Luke Rockhold: 'I'm the best in the world, I'll beat Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort'

The race for the next crack at the middleweight title got even tighter on Saturday as Luke Rockhold took out former UFC champion Lyoto Machida while Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza made short work of Chris Camozzi at FOX UFC Fight Night in New Jersey on Saturday. Currently, 'Jacare' is ranked No. 1 in the world at 185 pounds while Rockhold will jump up from his spot after beating the No....
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Luke Rockhold chokes out Lyoto Machida

Luke Rockhold (pictured) may have entered Saturday’s scrap against Lyoto Machida as the fourth ranked UFC middleweight, but he likely left the cage as the division’s top contender. Sorry, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.  Machida fell to the mat in the opening round after eating a punch (it also looked like he slipped at the same time), but “The Dragon” was never able to recover...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Luke Rockhold Gets Lyoto Machida to Tap Out After Throwing a Rear-naked Choke Hold On Him

Luke Rockhold has been on a good run since getting knocked out against Vitor Belfort back in May 2013. Heading in to Saturday night's main event against Lyoto Machida he had one his last three with the last two coming via submission. From the start of the fight it was clear he wanted to try to get Machida in a submission hold as well.He almost got him in the first round, but he did...
Via FatManWriting
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockhold: 'I don't think Vitor Belfort deserves anything, I wish nothing good for him'

Emotion can fuel a fighter, but sometimes it can also serve as a distraction. UFC middleweight contender Luke Rockhold believes to this day the anger boiling over inside of him ahead of his debut in the Octagon against Vitor Belfort was still the biggest factor that cost him a loss. Since that fight, Rockhold has learned to keep his emotions in check and it paid off in a big way...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Luke Rockhold focused, clear-thinking and calm before Lyoto Machida fight

Any fighter as successful as Luke Rockhold heads into competition with confidence. After all, the middleweight contender has won 12 out of his last 13 fights, and three straight, all by finish. Still, in his near eight-year pro MMA career, Rockhold has never faced an opponent as good as the man he'll fight in the main event of FOX UFC Fight Night this Saturday - Lyoto Machida. The...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Weidman’s Grit and Technical Prowess be too Much for Belfort at UFC 187?

(Mandatory Credit: USA Today Sports) The two best middleweights in the world, champion Chris Weidman (12-0) and challenger Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (24-10), were supposed to meet nearly a year ago at UFC 173.  Between then and now, due to injuries and questions surrounding PED use, the highly anticipated bout has been scheduled 4 different times.  Hopefully the 4th time’s...
Via The Sports Journal
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

UFC 187 ‘Jones vs. Johnson’ official event poster, updated fight card

187. If you’re like me, the first thing that pops into your head when you hear this number is the soothing sounds of the Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg classic “Deep Cover,” which is a lovely track inspired by the penal code for murder in California. It’s also the number of (keep your hands off this one please injury gods) what on paper is looking like the most stacked pay-per-view...
Via Fight Booth
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Vitor Belfort: Chris Weidman should be drug tested as much as me

There is no question that UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort is an all-time great. In nearly twenty years as a pro, he's accomplished a great deal and won many titles. Perhaps most impressive of all, is that he's still relevant and challenging for the top spot in the sport at this date. In May, he will challenge 185 pound champ Chris Weidman for the middleweight world title, in Las Vegas...
Via Fox Sports
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

UFC 187: Jones Vs Johnson / Weidman Vs Belfort Trailer

Check out the first trailer for UFC 187’s blockbuster Memorial Day weekend event featuring two major title fights as lightweight champion Jon Jones takes on Anthony Johnson and middleweight kingpin Chris Weidman faces Vitor Belfort. —
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Countdown to UFC 184 ‘Pennington vs. Holm’ video

After the initial UFC 184 headliner, a middleweight title bout between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, was scrapped due to an injury to the champ, the UFC was in need of a new co-main event – one with some meaning. With the women’s bantamweight title bout between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano was quickly promoted to the main event of the evening, it only made sense to bump highly...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort Co-Headline UFC 187

For the billionth time, a middleweight title tilt between champion Chris Weidman (pictured) and Vitor Belfort has been announced. After countless delays, the two rivals will finally tango (hopefully) at UFC 187. The UFC announced the 185-pound affair Wednesday via Twitter. The scrap will co-headline the May 23 event, with light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson taking...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Vitor Belfort Explains Why He Declined Interim Title Fight Against Lyoto Machida at UFC 184

Middleweight top contender Vitor Belfort (pictured) took a little heat over the weekend after UFC president Dana White revealed Belfort turned down an interim title tilt against Lyoto Machida at UFC 184 after Belfort was begging him for a title fight after champion Chris Weidman withdraw from their February 28 scrap with yet another injury. Belfort took to Facebook Sunday to explain...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Vitor Belfort Declined Interim Title Fight Against Lyoto Machida at UFC 184

UFC president Dana White just put Vitor Belfort (pictured) on blast. According to White, Belfort was blowing up his flip phone begging for an interim middleweight title fight after champion Chris Weidman pulled out of their UFC 184 scrap Friday with a rib injury. White thought it was a good idea and did his best to accommodate Belfort. However, when White got Lyoto Machida to agree...
Via 5thRound.com
February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Weidman Injured; Vitor Belfort Fight At UFC 184 Cancelled

UFC 184’s headlining middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort has been scrapped after the champion was forced to pull out due to an undisclosed injury in training. Weidman Vs Belfort on February 28th in Los Angeles had been one of the key fights in the UFC’s upcoming calendar, but it seems that despite turning the page on a new year the promotions injury...
Via Fight Of The Night
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Weidman Injured, Out of UFC 184 Against Vitor Belfort

The much anticipated middleweight scrap between champion Chris Weidman (pictured) and Vitor Belfort will have to be postponed once again. Prior to Friday’s UFC 183 weigh-ins, Weidman told FOX Sports 1 that he has been forced to withdraw from the February 28 tango with an undisclosed injury. No word on how long Weidman will be forced to sit the sidelines of what the UFC intends...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Fight Highlights: Johnson starches Gustafsson in Stockholm

After being submitted by Vitor Belfort and subsequently being cut by the UFC due to weight issues, Anthony Johnson has made quite the resurgence. Now that he’s found his true weight class inside of the 205 lbs. division, Johnson has reeled of 9 straight wins, one came at heavyweight, another at a catchweight of 195 lbs. Six of them have come via the KO/TKO variety, which makes...
Via Fight Booth
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

UFC on FOX 14 Highlights: Johnson starches Gustafsson in Stockholm

After being submitted by Vitor Belfort and subsequently being cut by the UFC due to weight issues, Anthony Johnson has made quite the resurgence. Now that he’s found his true weight class inside of the 205 lbs. division, Johnson has reeled of 9 straight wins, one came at heavyweight, another at a catchweight of 195 lbs. Six of them have come via the KO/TKO variety, which makes...
Via Fight Booth
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

‘UFC 184: Weidman vs. Belfort’ Official Event Poster

It’s the biggest UFC middleweight fight since, well, champion Chris Weidman last defended his title in July by beating Lyoto Machida. After plenty of drama, Weidman and Vitor Belfort will finally stand across the cage from each other. UFC 184 takes place February 28 inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. As you can see from the official billboard above, that won’t...
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January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Vitor Belfort Passes NAC’s Random Drug Test

One random drug test down, plenty more to go (hopefully). On Thursday, Nevada Athletic Commission director Bob Bennett confirmed UFC middleweight top contender Vitor Belfort (pictured) passed the random drug test they administered at the beginning of this month. Bennett told ESPN.com they took blood and urine samples from Belfort. The UFC footed the bill. It is believed the California...
Via 5thRound.com
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Weidman on Vitor Belfort: 'I'm not going to let a cheating juicehead take my belt'

LAS VEGAS -- Chris Weidman's last two opponents were Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida. The buildup to both fights was cordial, almost friendly. This time, Weidman is going through a little something different. The UFC middleweight champion admits that things with Vitor Belfort have ventured into being personal. Weidman, who defends his belt against Belfort at UFC 184 on Feb. 28 in...
Via Fox Sports
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch Chris Weidman drag a stack of plates around gym like a velociraptor

A velociraptor you definitely do not want to mess with. Also, the defending UFC middleweight champion's training is a reminder that you shouldn't skip leg, or "Jurassic Park" day. Compare: Weidman will hit the Octagon next at UFC 184 in Feb. 2015 when he'll face Vitor Belfort. Weidman effectively issued a guarantee that he will win, albeit a very tempered one. "With all due respect...
Via Fox Sports
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Nevada Dropped the Ball on Vitor Belfort’s Random Drug Tests

When the Nevada Athletic Commission voted unanimously in July to grant Vitor Belfort (pictured) a license after he tested positive for high levels of testosterone in July’s random drug test, one of the stipulations was Belfort agreeing to fully comply with surprise drug exams throughout his training camp in preparation for UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. However, three...
Via 5thRound.com
November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Weidman vs. Belfort, Rousey vs. Zingano Confirmed for UFC 184 in Los Angeles

The last time a UFC title fight was supposed to headline a show inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, the event got cancelled. Let’s hope the octagon’s February 28th card doesn’t suffer the same fate. On Tuesday, Vitor Belfort confirmed he will be challenging middleweight champion Chris Weidman (pictured) for his crown inside the home the Lakers built. UFC president...
Via 5thRound.com
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Weidman Vs Vitor Belfort Title Fight Now Targeted For February

According to Vitor Belfort, his middleweight title challenge against current champion Chris Weidman will now take place on February 28th in Los Angeles. “On Feb. 28, I will be stepping inside the cage and winning this belt.” Belfort told the Brazilian media on Friday. “It’s going to be good, right after Carnival. “Los Angeles is a great place, the first place I lived when...
Via Fight Of The Night
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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