With UFC top welterweight contender Johny Hendricks set to face off against Robbie Lawler this weekend for the 170 pound strap, there’s a very good chance the Oklahoma wrestler-turned-MMA fighter could become the next UFC champion. He’s coming off a remarkable performance against former title-holder Georges St-Pierre — a performance that sent the champ into at least a semi-retirement.
It was announced a few hours ago that Vitor Belfort would not be challenging UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman for the title in the main event of UFC 173 that’s set to take place in May. The UFC stated that Belfort agreed to withdraw from the bout in an earlier statement, so Belfort took to Facebook to provide his input on the situation
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today voted unanimously to ban therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy. That means guys like Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson and others who have previously received exemptions in the state will no longer be permitted to use the hormone treatment.
The UFC has taken a lot of heat since they implemented their discretionary sponsor tax, which can reportedly run as high as $100,000. This means if the UFC wants to they will charge a company for the right to sponsor any of their fighters. Needless to say, MMA fighter sponsorship opportunities have taken a hit because of this.