UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman recently responded to Vitor Belfort’s allegations that Weidman pulled out of their scheduled UFC 181 title fight, in order to keep his belt over the Christmas holidays, something the champion claims he will embarrass Belfort in the Octagon for suggesting such a thing.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour , here’s what Weidman had to say:
“It makes no sense, what he said about me. I just laughed it off. But to be honest with you, at this point, I’m going to have a lot of fun with him. I am going to go in there and embarrass him. This is not going to be a close fight. I am going to completely embarrass him in that cage. I am going to make him look like an old man who withered away.
This just gave me more of a reason to embarrass him. It doesn’t affect me too much, it just gives me a little nudge. It makes it easier for me to talk (trash). In my mind, I always wanted to embarrass him, now I’m saying it.
I want to completely toy with him. I want to beat him up standing, throw him on his butt, smack him a couple of times when he’s on the ground. Make him almost tap, then let go of it, let him stand up, beat him up on the feet, then take him down again. Just completely make a mockery of him.”
Chris Weidman was originally expected to defend his belt against Vitor Belfort at UFC 173. But with the Nevada State Athletic Commission banning the use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Belfort was forced to pull out of the fight.
After Weidman defeated Lyoto Machida to retain his title at UFC 175, the Belfort fight was rescheduled and expected to take place on December 6th, 2014 at UFC 181. However, last week it was announced that Weidman had suffered a broken hand and the bout is again being rescheduled and expected to take place in February 2015.