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Following a November knockout over Dan Henderson in his native Brazil, Belfort sealed the deal for a future showdown with Weidman in his next outing. According to UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, that contest will be held in Las Vegas, sometime in either May or June of 2014.
The 36-year-old Belfort has been knocking middleweights out, left from right, like he’s Jin Kazama from Tekken. He’s 5-1 in his last six bouts, but the lone defeat was to light heavyweight champ Jon Jones in the next division up.
As a middleweight, Belfort hasn’t lost since Silva launched his foot up in his grille at UFC 126. Since that embarrassing night, he has turned into a man possessed, wrecking everyone in his path.
Now, I’m not the biggest fan of this whole TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) thing, but Belfort isn’t doing anything illegal. You can’t call the man a cheater if the athletic commissions are cool with it. Plus, I doubt TRT can suddenly add a deadly spinning roundhouse kick to a fighter's arsenal either.
Against Weidman, I can see Belfort posing some serious problems to the New Yorker. Belfort’s superhuman blend of speed and power is enough to give anyone a run for his money. He’s also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and a seasoned veteran in MMA.
So I wouldn’t be shocked if Belfort pulled it off. But, I’m not counting on it either. In fact, I think that this will be the fight where everyone realizes just how dangerous Weidman is on the ground.
We’ve seen glimpses of it, but I don’t think we’ve truly seen how talented the champion is on the floor. Look for Weidman to bring this one down and finish “The Phenom” with an arm-triangle choke in the second round.
Prediction: Weidman by submission