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Dana White Claims Vitor Belfort Turned Down Interim Title Fight With Lyoto Machida

Kelsey Mowatt

Vitor Belfort

Well, it looks like the UFC had a pretty decent replacement in mind for the now cancelled Chris Weidman-Vitor Belfort scrap, but apparently the latter declined…

According to UFC boss man Dana White, Belfort has turned down the opportunity to fight Lyoto Machida, for the interim middleweight title. The bout was proposed since Weidman recently had to pull out of UFC 184 due to a rib injury.

In a report from MMA Junkie.com, White claimed that Belfort called him, and asked him, about setting up an interim title fight. According to White, Machida agreed to the fight, but when Belfort’s camp was approached, they turned it down.

“It’s typical Vitor,” White said at the post UFC 183 press conference. “Vitor is blowing me up on the phone, (saying), ‘I want an interim title fight. I haven’t fought, I want to stay on the card, I want to fight.’”

“I called (Vitor’s camp) back, and they’re like, ‘Uh, yeah, we’ll wait for the Chris Weidman (fight). So there you go.”

White apparently has one more option for Belfort, in terms of another fight. It will be interesting to see if it goes down. As of right now, the bantamweight fight between champion Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano is headlining the February 28th, UFC 184 card.

Weidman hasn’t fought now since last July, at UFC 175, when he earned a unanimous decision win over Machida. Belfort and Weidman were scheduled to fight at UFC 181 in December, but the latter had to pull out due to a hand injury.

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