Chris Weidman has been the UFC Middleweight Champion for around 18 months now, but has only had to defend his title twice.
Weidman got his hands on the title after defeating Anderson Silva in July of 2013 in the second round via knockout, and then defended the strap against Silva at the end of 2013 and against Lyoto Machida in July of this year.
Both of those two fight build-ups were fairly civil. Hell, they were downright pleasant compared to what Weidman is going through now. The 30-year old faces Vitor Belfort on February 28th and kicked off the buildup by calling Belfort “a cheating juicehead.”
“He’s trying to take my belt,” Weidman said according to Fox Sports. “He’s been caught cheating and I’m not going to let a cheating juicehead take my belt.”
Belfort has indeed been caught cheating before and has a murky history with both performance-enhancing drugs and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). That history has Weidman concerned ahead of the fight.
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Dying to Fight
“I’m worried,” Weidman said. “I want him to get drug tested and when I found out he did, I’m crapping my pants for two weeks hoping that he’s still fighting me. He’s the guy I want to fight.”
Belfort said he wouldn’t engage in an trash talk with Weidman before the fight, but it is Belfort’s words that charged up Weidman and got him talking in the first place.
“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.
Weidman decided to end his press conference with some incredible fighting talk.
He's a cheater. I want to completely destroy him." - Chris Weidman on Victor Belfort