After it was revealed on Friday afternoon that middleweight champion Chris Weidman was forced to withdraw from his anticipated title defence against Vitor Belfort at UFC 184, it became clear that the UFC's interest was to keep Belfort on the fight card if possible.
It appears the promotion was looking to set up an interim title fight against Lyoto Machida, but Belfort reportedly rejected that fight offer. Since then, another former champion by the name Gegard Mousasi has offered to replace Weidman in the contest.
Mousasi, who showed interest for the fight on twitter, suggested that a win over the former champion should position him as the No. 1 contender in the division.
UFC 184 takes place Feb. 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.