Remember when Vitor Belfort was granted a license to scrap Chris Weidman by the Nevada Commission? But only if the middleweight submitted to random drug testing and fought in their jurisdiction next? Well, it looks like that’s changed.
MMA Fighting.com is reporting that the Nevada Commission informed the outlet that Belfort has yet to be tested, and that further, the bout with Weidman will likely take place in California. The California Commission has confirmed that indeed, the UFC has approached them about having Belfort fight Weidman in the state, but has yet to make a formal application.
The CSAC’s executive officer Andy Foster added, however, that if the UFC books that fight in their jurisdiction, that Belfort will have to undergo random blood and urine drug testing heading into the bout.
In a follow up report from MMA Junkie.com, sources have confirmed that the UFC wants to have Weidman face Belfort in Los Angeles, on February 28th.
So, this is a pretty interesting development considering the NSAC’s decision earlier this year. The fact Belfort hasn’t been tested yet likely won’t sit well with critics either.
If you recall, Belfort was set to fight Weidman on December 6th, but the champ had to pull out because of a hand injury. That fight was going to take place in Las Vegas.
The conditions, which were attached to Belfort’s license, stemmed from the fact he tested positive for elevated testosterone earlier this year, and that he was an authorized TRT user. Belfort and Weidman were originally supposed to fight at UFC 173 in May.
At any rate, it looks like Weidman-Belfort will go down in February after all, just not in Nevada as expected. There’s some pretty big fights lined up for the early part of 2015 no?
Belfort has locked up a title shot thanks to a memorable run, which includes highlight reel finishes of Luke Rockhold, Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson. The stoppage of Henderson took place last November.
Weidman, meanwhile, hasn’t fought since July, when he worked his way to a UD win over Lyoto Machida.