Dana says a lot of things but no matter how much he complains about stuff money will over ride the rest so if the still sell out in Vegas and can save a few bucks there they will.
you would have to think that someone in the CSAC would want to step in if Kizer actually flakes on this bout. It would be a nice steal for them if they could illustrate they had their shit together: meet with Vitor and his team, explain how TUE works and what the expectations are--how often he'll be tested regularly and how many random tests he'd get, etc.
If they could show a strong, steady hand working with TRT, it would go a long way to repair their ramshackle reputation.
On a side note, if Kizer actually goes through with his posturing and doesn't license Vitor after giving sonnen not only a license, but TUE after he admitted abusing TRT, that would be pathetic.
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Looking forward to this fight. Rooting for Belfort but I feel Weidman's wrestling will prove problematic for The Phenom.
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Chris Weidman happy with Vegas, not Vitor Belfort's TRT
"I'm happy about (fighting in Las Vegas)," Weidman said. "He's fought in Brazil now for the last two years, and obviously he looks like the Hulk now. He's on TRT and he's been caught cheating before for testosterone and I don't know what else. … For a guy who's 36 years old to have a lot higher testosterone than me at 29 years old, and I've never taken anything, is really not fair. So I'm happy that I'll be fighting in Vegas, and I hope they'll do due diligence in testing him to make sure he's not cheating."
The NSAC has licensed fighters previously who have TUEs for synthetic testosterone. As of now, with a TUE for it, as long as a fighter's levels fall within the allowable limits, TRT is legal. The UFC says it tests fighters with TUEs throughout their camps to make sure their limits are within the normal range during their camps, as well.
But that may not be enough for Weidman. If given a vote, he'd do away with TRT use altogether.
"I'm not a big TRT guy – I don't think TRT belongs in our sport," he said. "I don't like it. I don't have the highest testosterone in the world, and I wouldn't take it. I feel just fine where I'm at. Some people would probably tell me to take testosterone, but I wouldn't do it."
Another thing that would've been interesting if he had a vote would have been his fight against Belfort had the UFC told him it was going to take place in Brazil. Critics of Belfort headlining three consecutive cards in Brazil have said that the UFC is hiding him there to avoid stiffer testing in the U.S. The UFC has countered those claims, though, by saying it's just been smart business to put Belfort, a national sporting treasure in Brazil, at the top of cards in his home country.
But Weidman wouldn't have been keen on sucking it up and dealing with it if he would have been asked to defend his belt on Belfort's home turf.
"It would've been a discussion, for sure," he said. "I wouldn't have have just taken it on the chin and said, 'OK, let's do it.' I would've had a discussion."
There hasn't been much need to discuss whether or not Belfort is the right challenger for him now, though. UFC President Dana White was fairly adamant about it before Weidman's rematch with Silva at UFC 168, and Belfort was at the post-event news conference, sitting among the media, to somewhat formally accept the title fight.
Belfort's three consecutive knockout wins, all stemming from head kicks, have come against a murderer's row of opposition: Michael Bisping, then former Strikeforce champ Luke Rockhold, then, in November, former PRIDE champ Dan Henderson. Each has been a little more convincing than the one before it.
TRT or not, Weidman admits Belfort should be next.
"I think he's the right guy. It's whoever the UFC thinks is the contender. He's had three knockouts in a row, so I think he's the right guy," he said.
UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said Thursday he is hopeful the Weidman-Belfort fight will take place in Las Vegas either for the promotion's Memorial Day weekend show in May, or for its regular Independence Day weekend show in July.
Weidman said he feels 100% after his win over Silva, despite reports of a knee injury in camp. He plans to get checked out by a doctor, but he'd prefer to get Belfort out of the way at his earliest convenience.
"If I had a preference – I want to talk to Dana and Lorenzo about it – but just thinking on my own right now, I'd say May," Weidman said. "I want to enjoy my summer – get a nice 'W' and hang out with the family in the summer and enjoy the new pool in the backyard."
What I was saying though in Jersey you have a venue right beside the largest city in North America in a state where they've been denied access to MMA which is a huge market.
Belfort has a lot to prove fighting outta Brazil imo. This can be a great fight, the deciding factor on how good/competitive this fight will be is how well Belfort deals with Weidman's wrestling.
Pulling for Belfort, but mind Weidman further solidifying himself as champion.
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Chris Weidman Opens as 2-1 Favorite over Vitor Belfort
Fresh off his second victory of 2013 over mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva, UFC middleweight champion Chris "The All-American" Weidman already has his eyes set on defending his title against another top Brazilian contender sometime this summer (May or July).
While Vitor Belfort will never be as dangerous as Silva was, he possesses an entirely different array of skills, physical capabilities and mental motivators.
However, that hasn't stopped the betting gods from already giving the favorite Weidman 2-1 odds. Weidman stands at -200, Belfort at +160.
It was announced earlier this week that the UFC plans to host a Weidman vs. Belfort middleweight title fight in Las Vegas. That's fairly significant news in favor of the champ. Over the past few years, Belfort has exclusively fought in Brazil because of the country's loose testosterone replacement therapy regulation, which is something Weidman has recently deemed "unfair."“I think Weidman wins the fight and should be favored anywhere on the planet – even in Brazil,” said veteran MMA oddsmaker Joey Odessa, as reported by Steve Marrocco of MMA Junkie. “He just beat arguably the best 185-pound fighter to step into the octagon two times and will get to defend in the United States.”
But even though Weidman's home-field advantage does in fact benefit him, it's still surprising to see a fighter with only 11 professional bouts receive 2-1 odds over a legend and red-hot knockout artist like Belfort.
In any case, "The Phenom" will have his chance to prolong his three-fight win streak and try to avenge a 2011 championship loss to Silva that ended via an infamous front heel kick.
As for Weidman, a decisive victory over the best 185-pounder not sidelined by a broken leg should surely land him among the pound-for-pound best in the world.
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