Report: Vitor Belfort offered fight with Lyoto Machida for interim belt, rejected offer

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UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort was reportedly offered a fight at UFC 184 against fellow Brazilian Lyoto Machida by the UFC, but Belfort has his eyes set on defeating UFC champ Chris Weidman to claim true UFC gold. Combate's Evelyn Rodrigues, Ivan Raupp and Marcelo Russio reported this first, on Saturday. Belfort was set to face Weidman in the main event of UFC 184 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on Feb. 28. The New York titleholder pulled out of the fight on Friday with a rib injury. A bout between Belfort and Machida would've likely co-headlined the pay-per-view. In the current main event of UFC 184, women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey takes on No. 1 Contender Cat Zingano. Stay locked to MMAjr.co for more news on this as it arises. UPDATE: UFC President Dana White spoke to media and said that Vitor kept asking for an interim title fight but when Dana suggested Lyoto Machida, Vitor turned the fight down.

3 Comments

  1. Jim Baldwin

    February 5, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Not only do i think he should have taken the fight, IMO the UFC would have every right to offer an interim belt to two other fighters (perhaps Machida being one) and Belfort may have effectively shot himself in the foot….unless of course his contract says he still gets first shot at the title even if he doesn’t take the interim fight???

  2. csmif

    January 31, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    bullshit. He should have taken that fight

  3. JohnKingMMA

    January 31, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    In other news, Vitor Belfort is scared of Lyoto Machida

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