Unfortunately for fight fans, the grudge match has still not come to fruition, due to back-to-back injuries suffered by the “All American” champion.
When Weidman was forced to pull out of February’s UFC 184 headliner, Vitor Belfort asked the UFC for an interim title fight to be made.
The UFC obliged and offered Belfort an interim title fight against former light heavyweight title holder Lyoto Machida.
However, Vitor eventually opted against fighting Machida, claiming he would not fight anyone but Weidman unless the UFC stripped the “All American” of his title.
Vitor’s words via his official Facebook Page:
“My focus was always the middleweight belt and I climbed the ladder to achieve my position,” Belfort wrote. “This is why I won’t fight for an interim, but if UFC gives 8 weeks and the middleweight belt available for dispute I fight with anyone from the ranking. Not for an interim, but the middleweight belt!”
With that said, it appears that Belfort was initially interested in fighting Yoel Romero for an interim title:
“Vitor Belfort didn’t close the deal I was expecting when I asked Romero for the interim, so we decided to wait for Weidman in May,” Belfort’s wife and manager Joana Prado posted on her Instagram on Monday. “It is what it is. I know we will come back stronger than ever, even when the situations are bad!”
With the news, fans will now have to wait until May to see a UFC middleweight title fight.