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:
“I never gave up fighting in UFC 173 and never mentioned it. Therefore, all information posted in any mass media advertising that is not true.
What I announced was that I will be resigning “TRT” and not “giving up the fight” to continue my dream of fighting.
The UFC decided to put another opponent in my place because I didn’t have time to fit the new rules of the NSAC. According to the UFC, I will face the winner of Weidman vs Lyotto within the new regulations of all the Athletic Commissions.
I’m sorry that this happened, and I appreciate the strength and understanding of all fans, sponsors, UFC and athletic commissions “.
So Belfort is saying that he’ll get the next title shot provided he complies with the new regulations that TRT use will not be permitted by MMA athletes going forward. If true, that means Belfort will likely not compete again until September or October at the earliest. He last competed in November 2013, a first round KO win over former Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson.
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