The commission voted unanimously to give a conditional license to Vitor Belfort, who’s been on the sidelines since a failed drug test in February.
Belfort (24-10 MMA, 13-6 UFC) and lawyer Michael Alonso today made their request in person at a Nevada State Athletic Commission in Las Vegas. This is good news for Belfort and the UFC, which they have already announced.
“If Vitor gets licensed, from now until the fight with Weidman, they’re going to Olympic-style test him like crazy,” Dana White told UFC.com. “If he’s on anything, if he does anything, he’ll get caught. When he fights Chris Weidman, he’ll be 100 percent clean.”
“I know like the UFC is my authority, you’re my authority,” Belfort said. ” … I’ll fully collaborate with you.”
“I take responsibility for that,” Belfort said.
“I don’t want to be embarrassed, and I know the commission doesn’t either,” commissioner Anthony Marnell III said.
The UFC announced right after the hearing that Belfort will challenge Chris Weidman for the Middleweight title on December 6th.
UFC issued the following:
CHRIS WEIDMAN TO DEFEND UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST VITOR BELFORT DEC. 6 IN LAS VEGAS
UFC® 181: WEIDMAN vs. BELFORT
SATURDAY, DEC. 6 – LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW
MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER
Las Vegas – The UFC® announced that former champion Vitor Belfort was granted a license to compete in the state of Nevada at a commission hearing held today. A winner of three straight, Belfort will now face UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 181 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 6.
Since returning to the UFC in 2009, Belfort has scored victories over some of the biggest names in the sport, including Rich Franklin, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Anthony Johnson, Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, and Dan Henderson. Now he’ll challenge the champion Weidman, who is the only man to defeat UFC legend Anderson Silva twice. The 30-year-old New Yorker is fresh off a victory over Lyoto Machida early this month in a candidate for 2014 Fight of the Year.
UFC® 181: WEIDMAN vs. BELFORT will be available live on Pay-Per-View on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High -Definition.