Chris Weidman is not impressed with Vitor Belfort. The UFC middleweight champion was forced out of their title fight at UFC 184 with a rib cartilage injury recently, and Belfort has said some strange stuff since then. The most important one to the champ was where Belfort laid out Weidman's injuries that have delayed the bout, noting that he has fought through similar injuries before. Weidman was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and had a scathing response to Belfort's statement:
"I went from feeling bad for him to pissed off at him," Weidman said. "I'm just like, are you kidding me?
"First of all, Vitor, he failed a drug test. That's his second drug test that he failed. Usually he'd be out for at least a year, but I think they tested him when there was no bout agreement, so they couldn't really punish him the way they wanted to. He wasn't licensed. So the guy's lucky as anything that he's not in trouble. I mean, he's a two-time convicted juicehead at this point and he's not realizing that. I understand that he hasn't fought in a long time, but that's his fault. I fought. I fought in July. That's six months ago, against Machida.
"This [injury] is just unfortunate," Weidman added. "But for him to be complaining, for a guy who's failing drug tests and shouldn't even be able to fight until this February, because he failed a test last February or March, is just crazy to me."
It just sucks because Vitor, I think, is a great match-up for me. I just heard you say that he wanted to fight Mark Munoz. This guy is a mental midget. I would go in there with anything and beat him. I just need to be able to move a little bit. So it just sucks where I'm at."
Later in the interview, Weidman detailed the injuries he has fought through, similar to Vitor's "list". He stated that he fought Lyoto Machida with a broken hand, Alessio Sakara on short notice with a broken rib, and that he cut 32 pounds in 10 days to fight Demian Maia where he "almost died cutting the weight."
It's unclear when the bout will actually take place, but the article states a six-to-eight week recovery period and that he should be good to go in April or May.