Chris Weidman recently stepped up his rivalry with Vitor Belfort by making a throat-slitting gesture towards the Brazilian.
The UFC Middleweight champion has been very vocal in his dislike for Belfort but in front a press conference crowd he took it up another notch. Weidman ran his finger across his throat as the two fighter postured to the crowd at the UFC's "The Time is Now" press conference.
No love lost between the two
Weidman gestures weren't the only thing he did to get under the skin of Belfort, as he followed up the throat slit with verbal shots about Belfort's drug test failure.
"He's trying to take my belt," Weidman said Monday at the UFC's Time Is Now event reports Fox Sports.
"He's been caught cheating and I'm not going to let a cheating juicehead take my belt.
"He was the one, when I got injured he said, 'He just wants to keep his belt for Christmas and spend time with his family,' basically calling me a liar and that I'm faking an injury," Weidman said.
Those comments seem to be the source of Weidman's recent outbursts, as the American is usually mild-mannered and has a lot of respect for his opponents - but clearly Belfort has hit a sore spot.
"I'm going out there to completely dominate him," Weidman said.
"If I don’t completely go out there and smoke him and dominate him, it's a loss in my eyes. … He's a cheater. I want to completely destroy him."
"If I don’t completely go out there and smoke him and dominate him, it's a loss in my eyes. … He's a cheater. I want to completely destroy him"
Will Belfort be able to overcome Weidman's Brazilian beating streak?
For Belfort, Weidman is going to be the biggest challenge of his entire career, especially as he's coming back to the UFC without TRT usage.
Nobody is really sure on what kind of level of power Belfort can fight at, but what is more daunting is that while Weidman is undefeated - he's found particular success versus Brazilian foes.
He's seen off Anderson Silva (twice), Lyoto Machida and Demian Maia on his path to the top of the middleweight division and he's blown apart the Brazilian dominance. So it's probably wise of Belfort to keep quiet and just hope that if anything happens it's that Weidman gets over aggressive.