Archive: UFC 173

Mar 3, 2014 4:27 pm

Edwards, Hallman to Meet at UFC 173

Yves Edwards, he of the 64 professional fights, and Piotr Hallmann have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 173. Officials announced the lightweight matchup on Monday for a card that is rapidly taking shape. Edwards (42-20-1, 1 NC) is coming off a knockout loss to Yancy Medeiros but the fight was later ruled a No...

Mar 3, 2014 10:51 am

Belfort’s Official Apology To Fans

“I want to apologize to all my fans that have been let down by the news of me not competing in the title fight against Chris Weidman. I wanted nothing more than to go and compete for the belt. As you all know, I have been doing a legal treatment approved by every commission I...

Mar 3, 2014 10:44 am

QUICK TWITT | Bisping Blasts “Cheating, Scumbag, Hypocrite” Belfort For Cheating On TRT

In the eyes of many, Vitor Belfort has been cheating his way to a title shot while using Testosterone Replacement Therapy. However, Belfort’s use of the controversial therapy was completely inline with the rules and regulations. Was the Brazilian getting an edge over his competition? Michael Bisping sounds off on twitter about the subject. Check...


Mar 3, 2014 10:20 am

Michael Chiesa And Francisco Trinaldo Set To Square Off At UFC 173

The UFC has added another bout to its May 24th event. Francisco Trinaldo (pictured), who last saw Octagon action only a few weeks ago at Fight Night 36, will be taking on TUF winner Michael Chiesa at UFC 173. UFC 173 will take place on May 24th, and is headlined by UFC middleweight champion Chris...

Mar 3, 2014 10:16 am

Ferguson Meets Kikuno at UFC 173 in Las Vegas

  A new lightweight bout has been added to the UFC’s Memorial Day weekend card in Las Vegas. Tony Ferguson (14-3), winner of season 13 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” will face Katsunori Kikuno (22-5-2 ). Officials announced Monday that both fighters verbally agreed to the fight. Ferguson landed back in the win column in October...

Mar 2, 2014 8:36 pm

Belfort Needs 90 Days To Transition Off TRT

Last week the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned the use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy in their jurisdiction and shortly after Brazil and the UFC followed suit. The next day Vitor Belfort was removed from his title fight against Chris Weidman and he was replaced by Lyoto Machida. According to Vitor, the UFC promised him the...

Feb 28, 2014 2:08 pm

Fighting Odds: Chris Weidman Opens as -225 Favorite Over Lyoto Machida

  The big news of the day was that Vitor Belfort is out of UFC 173 and Lyoto Machida is in. Machida will now fight Chris Weidman at UFC 173 on May 24, 2014, for the UFC middleweight title. Thanks to Sportsbook, we have the opening betting lines for the title fight. Chris Weidman- -225...

Feb 28, 2014 10:55 am

Chris Weidman: TRT ban an ‘amazing day’ for MMA

“This is an amazing day for the sport.This is something that I’ve wanted to see happen for quite some time. TRT was and has always been cheating, and I’m glad Nevada finally recognized that, especially since I’m about to fight there against a known TRT user. Hopefully, every other athletic commission follows because this was...

Feb 28, 2014 10:43 am

VItor Releases Statement On TRT Ban And UFC 173 Withdrawal

“The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently altered its policy and no longer will permit testosterone use exemptions and will not permit a TRT program. As other jurisdictions may follow suit, I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it. Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next...

Feb 28, 2014 10:21 am

With TRT Ban In Effect Belfort Removed From Title Fight, Machida In Versus Weidman

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced tonight that former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will face off against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 173 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 24. In light of today’s unexpected ruling issued by the Nevada...

Feb 27, 2014 12:30 pm

REPORT: Nevada Commission Bans TRT Statewide

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has reportedly banned any and all TUE’s for TRT in their state. In other words, a lot of UFC fighters can’t fight in Vegas while using Testosterone Replacement Therapy. And that’s effective immediately. Vitor Belfort will not be able to use his traditional treatment in the UFC 173 main event...

Feb 26, 2014 6:52 pm

T.J. Dillashaw And Takeya Mizugaki Set To Square Off At UFC 173

UFC’s Memorial Day show has had another match-up added to it’s lineup. Bantamweights T.J. Dillashaw and Takeya Mizugaki will meet inside of the Octagon this May at the aforementioned UFC 173, which will be headlined by Vitor Belfort taking on Chris Weidman for his middleweight championship. The bout was announced this afternoon. Dillashaw last saw...

Feb 25, 2014 12:36 pm

PHOTO | Vitor’s New God-Fearing Cut

Vitor Belfort is sprucing up ahead of his UFC 173 main event opposite, Chris Weidman. His words: Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is...

Feb 25, 2014 6:12 am

Jamie Varner vs. James Krause added to UFC 173 card

A new bout has been added to the annual Memorial Day weekend card scheduled for Las Vegas, NV as former WEC champ Jamie Varner ( 21-9-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) faces off against James Krause (20-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a fight in the lightweight division. The bout was initially reported via Twitter by @FrontRowBrian and later...

Feb 22, 2014 9:35 am

Dana White Wants TRT Exemptions Gone, But O.K. With Belfort’s Use In Title Fight

It seems that UFC President Dana White is easing up a little bit on the highly controversial use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). However, it appears that his recent lightened view is less about his own personal opinion and more about the shear regulations regarding the subject. It’s no secret that Dana and Vitor have...

Feb 22, 2014 9:30 am

Holdsworth vs. Kang set for UFC 173

Heading into his first UFC bout after winning “The Ultimate Fighter” Rousey vs. Tate, Chris Holdsworth is scheduled to face off against Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 173 in a bantamweight match up. UFC officials announced the fight this Thursday. UFC 173’s main card is the highly anticipated bout for the UFC middleweight crown when...

Feb 21, 2014 9:38 am

Sam Sicilia set to welcome Doo Ho Choi In Vegas

By Evan Stoumbelis TUF alum Sam Sicilia (2-3 UFC) is set to welcome UFC newcomer Doo Ho Choi to the octagon at UFC 173: Weidman vs. Belfort in Las Vegas. Choi is 11-1 in his professional MMA career, and has been undefeated since 2010. With 9 of 11 of his victories coming by way of...

Feb 20, 2014 10:50 am

Wand says Vitor Belfort is a Lion when hitting, but that he can’t take a punch

“The Axe Murderer” is hoping that fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort will emerge victorious against Chris Weidman at May’s UFC 173 event in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is not because Wanderlei and Belfort are best friends, but because Silva wants to be the first guy to challenge “The Phenom” for the 185-pound strap, this after he defeats...

Feb 19, 2014 6:40 pm

PHOTO | NFL’s Ray Lewis Training With Belfort & The Blackzilians

Yesterday, through his official Instagram, UFC middleweight title challenger Vitor Belfort, showed off the latest resident over at the Blackzilian’s camp in South Florida. In the photo, the retired Baltimore Raven, Ray Lewis, is seen with Belfort and the Blackzilian coaching staff. Check it:

Feb 19, 2014 5:08 pm

Belfort Wants Weidman To Be Fair And Undergo Blood Testing Too

“I don’t believe (Weidman is on steroids), but people give too much importance to the treatment I religiously do with medical support. And to make it fair, my opponent should also be tested with blood exams throughout his camp.” In a recent interview with MMAFighting.com’s Guilherme Cruz, ‘The Phenom’ Vitor Belfort, touched on his upcoming...

Feb 13, 2014 9:07 am

Sonnen vs. Wand moved from UFC 173 to May 31 in Brazil

The highly anticipated light heavyweight bout between Chael Sonnen (28-14-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) and Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) will no longer take place in the co-main event slot at UFC 173. Instead, UFC officials announced today that the fight will now headline a May 31 event in Brazil. A city and venue has...

Feb 10, 2014 10:10 am

Vitor Belfort: Chris Weidman winning ‘Fighter of the Year’ was embarrassing

The UFC’s middleweight number 1 contender, Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, was not at all impressed to hear that Chris Weidman had won the “World MMA Awards” coveted “Fighter of the year” award, calling the decision ’embarrassing.’ His words (via Combate): “It was embarrassing,” Belfort stated. “Not that it should’ve been me, but winning the award...

Feb 3, 2014 7:58 am

Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva Is Official, Will Be The Co-Main Event at UFC 173

The heated battle between UFC fighters Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva finally has an official date. UFC president Dana White confirmed that the fight between the current coaches of Brazil’s 3rd “The Ultimate Fighter” season will meet in the octagon on May 25, at UFC 173. White announced the fight during UFC 169’s post-fight show...