UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has had to deal with a recent change in opponent for his UFC 173 title defense on May 24th in Las Vegas. Due to the Nevada State Athletic Commission's choice to ban testosterone replacement therapy in combat sports, Vitor Belfort was forced off the card and he was replaced by former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida. Today at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, the champ crossed paths with his new opponent and posted about it on Instagram:
The Arnold Classic is a yearly sports convention held in Columbus, Ohio, and both men were there to promote sponsors. The UFC and WEC ran events in conjunction with the event for a few years, but haven't done so lately.
Weidman (11-0) picked up the title by knocking out Anderson Silva at UFC 162 and defended his title against the legend at UFC 168. Machida (21-4) will look to become just the third fighter to win titles in multiple UFC divisions when he meets Weidman in Vegas. He is 2-0 since his drop to middleweight and most recently defeated Gegard Mousasi by unanimous decision last month in Brazil.