It seemed after his victory over Dan Henderson that 'The Phenon' Vitor Belfort would be receiving another title shot at the UFC Middleweight Title.
However, with the exemption of TRT therapy, it forced Belfort out of his match against Chris Weidman at UFC 173 on a basis of having a testosterone count too high. This paved the way for fellow Brazilian Lyoto Machida to step in.
Due to a injury to Weidman, the fight will now take place at UFC 175. Here, Belfort believes that he is testosterone count will be in good order and he should receive his title shot again. However, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Machida, very much disagrees with his countryman. Speaking to Tatame.com, he said:
"I think his statement doesn't make any sense. Once that the fight was put away, there was a new possibility, a new preparation, another athlete involved and I'm this athlete. I think Vitor has to wait a little longer.
"He for sure had that right of fighting but, for other reasons, he couldn't do it. If he couldn't give the answer in the right time, then he lost his turn. He has to wait my fight against Weidman and after that he will have his shot."
Machida, since moving from 205lbs to Middleweight has looked outstanding. His defeats of Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi have been excellent performances and he more than deserves his title shot.
UFC President Dana White has already removed the chance of Belfort regaining his title short prior to Machida's comments. At the UFC 172 press conferance, White said Belfort: "Is wrong if he thinks that he's ready to fight after doing two tests at his home, if that was what he did."
UFC 175 will take place on July 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also on the card features Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey defend her title against Alexis Davis.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: https://gms.to/1a2u3KU
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms