Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort Rescheduled for UFC 187 in Las Vegas

February 18, 2015

The UFC middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and challenger Vitor Belfort has been moved to UFC 187, according to various reports on Wednesday.

The 185-pound championship bout will serve as the co-main event for the Memorial Day Weekend card in Las Vegas. News of the fight was reported by Globo and other outlets.

Chris-Weidman-Vitor-Belfort-UFC-The-Time-Is-Now-Face-Off-5804Weidman and Belfort were scheduled to face each other in Los Angeles at the upcoming pay-per-view at UFC 184, but an injury to the title holder forced officials to postpone the booking.

Weidman last fought in July 2014 when he successfully defended his middleweight title in a five-round affair with Lyoto Machida. The win extended his perfect record to 12-0 and came on the heels of his second consecutive victory against Anderson Silva.

Belfort has been far less active in the last two years, having last fought in November of 2013. He was supposed to face Weidman at UFC 173, but the bout was scrapped following the Nevada Athletic Commission’s ban on therapeutic-use exemptions for testosterone-replacement therapy, which Belfort used at the time. After being rescheduled for UFC 181, and then again for UFC 184, the latest booking will be the fifth time the bout has been penned for a card.

UFC 187 is expected to be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson, according to UFC Tonight.

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