Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort has yet again expressed his thoughts on Lyoto Machida receiving a Middleweight title shot against Chris Weidman.
It was Belfort who was in line for the shot, however with the recent TRT ban across the sport, he was forced to pull out the fight.
'The Phenom' recently wanted his title shot back with the UFC Middleweight match moving from UFC 173 to 175 due to an injury to the champion. However, he was denied this and has had to except it.
Nonetheless, it hasn't stopped Belfort talking about the match making of Machida gaining a title shot. He believes that it should have been former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza who got the nod. Speaking to Sportv, Belfort said:
"It makes no sense he (Lyoto) is being touted to fight for the belt, but it would make sense if was Jacare. If there is a ranking system, this ranking should be respected. It is like what Jon Jones said, the rankings don't mean anything.
"We have to accept their decision but as I said before, whoever has the belt is my next opponent."
All three fighters have been impressive lately and will really put champion Weidman under pressure in the Octagon. However, Machida has fought higher ranked opponents than Souza, when knocking out Mark Munoz by a first round head kick on his 185lbs debut, before beating Gegard Mousasi - who hadn't lost at Middleweight since 2006 - by unanimous decision.
Machida definitely holds the better skills than Souza to beat Weidman. 'The Dragon's karate style striking - with the ability to get in and out quickly - is sure to give the champion problems.
UFC 175 takes place on July 5th, and also features UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey defend her title against Alexis Davis.
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