Chael Sonnen vs. Vitor Belfort Happening at Middleweight, Not Light Heavyweight

Hunter HomistekCorrespondent IMay 30, 2014

Chael Sonnen stands during a UFC mixed martial arts match against Anderson Silva in Oakland, California, Saturday, August 7, 2010. Silva won by submission in the fifth round to retain the championship. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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According to a report from MMA Junkie's Steven Marrocco, the UFC 175 matchup between Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort will take place in the middleweight division, not the light heavyweight division as originally announced

Marrocco, who is on site in Berlin, Germany, covering UFC Fight Night 41 for MMA Junkie, tweeted

While this fight between Sonnen and Belfort is still all kinds of strange and unexpected, the fact that it's taking place at middleweight should make clear-thinking fans and critics feel a little bit better about its title implications. 

At first, Sonnen said the winner of his UFC 175 showdown against Belfort (which was still expected to be contested at 205 pounds at the time) would receive a shot at the middleweight championship against either current champion Chris Weidman or current challenger Lyoto Machida. 

Basically, two fighters, each with his own set of problems when making a claim for the title, were going to fight at light heavyweight for a chance at the middleweight strap. 

Yeah, that...that doesn't make sense. 

Now, according to Marrocco, some logic has been breathed into the situation. 

While Vitor still has his steroid-riddled, TRT-drama-infused past and Sonnen still has his questionable record, at least the two are going to fight at 185 for the opportunity. Each man (but particularly Sonnen) would step over some reasonable challengers en route to the title, but it is gratifying to see the No. 1 contender's matchup moved from the light heavyweight division to the middleweight division. 

The last hang-up regarding this fight? 

Again, Marrocco reported that if Belfort cannot get his license to fight to Sonnen in time for their UFC 175 matchup, the UFC has no backup in place. The bout would fall through, and Sonnen would be left without an opponent and presumably forced off the card altogether. 

All this amounts to one series of seriously strange twists and turns for the UFC 175 fight card. 

Stay tuned to Bleacher Report as more news emerges regarding the situation.