Yesterday was an important day in the life and career of UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort. His hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission went as well as it possibly could have and Belfort will obtain his license to fight in Las Vegas if he stays clean between now and December.
Belfort was supposed to fight Chael Sonnen earlier this summer but failed his NSAC administered drug test leading up to his fight, it later came out that Sonnen failed 2 pre-fight test as well. Now Belfort has been awarded his license and his titile shot.
The UFC announced that Vitor Belfort will now face champion Chris Weidman at UFC 181 in Las Vegas on December 6th. This will be the first time that Weidman enters a fight as the smaller fighter and he’ll have to defeat an opponent in Belfort who’s only loses the past 7 years have come to Jon Jones and Anderson Silva.
The UFC 181 card seems to be a stacked on with Anthony Pettis vs Gilbert Melendez being rumored for the event as well as a possible Ronda Rousey vs Gina Carano fight taking place as well.
This December would mark the 20th anniversary of the UFC and it’ll be interesting to see if Dana White will stack the card with 3 high-level title fights in celebration of that milestone.