The undefeated middleweight champion was originally scheduled to face former light-heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 173 this Saturday. A variety of issues, including the Nevada State Athletic Commission's decision to ban TRT, caused a domino effect that saw Belfort removed from the title fight altogether. After Machida was slotted into the fight instead, Weidman revealed that he would have to undergo knee surgery, which pushed the fight back to UFC 175 in Las Vegas.
While Belfort had recently made MMA headlines with his comments regarding the TRT ban and his interest in replacing Machida at UFC 175, Weidman is not prepared to entertain the discussion until Belfort gets himself licensed in the State of Nevada.
"I'm fighting Lyoto Machida," Weidman said at the UFC 175 ticket sale press conference. "Forget Vitor."
Weidman went on to detail his knee injury and mentioned that it was a minor procedure that allowed him to be back in the gym doing light workouts "a day or two" later.
"Long story short: Both of my meniscuses on both of my knees were clicking to my joints every once in a while and it started being a issue. So I got it scoped out and my knees have never felt better."
Now with his return to the octagon now six weeks away, Weidman is glad to finally be fighting an opponent not named Anderson Silva.
"The second fight I had a lot to prove to get the first fight off my back. Even the second fight, it didn't end the way I wanted. After being in there twice with him, I felt like I dominated both fights and I knew I'm the better fighter. So I'm glad to move on and put that behind me and I'm excited to fight Lyoto Machida. He's a tricky guy. I'll figure him out."
UFC 175 takes place July 5, at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.