The UFC middleweight title situation is complicated. Champion Chris Weidman was supposed to meet top contender Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 184, but an injury to the champ shelved that bout and left everything in limbo. In the meantime, MMA manager Gilbert Faria believes that his client, Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza, deserves his shot at an interim UFC middleweight title, and that Vitor Belfort's recent actions should bump him out of line if that's the way the UFC decides to go.
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Souza's pleads his client's case to jump the line and explains why Belfort should be on the outs:
"As a MMA fan and a fan of Vitor Belfort, I would like to see this fight between Weidman and Belfort. With Weidman's injury and the fact that we don't know when he's going to be able to return, it's the right decision to create an interim title. If Vitor doesn't want to fight or wants to pick opponents, he loses his right to fight for the interim title.
"If we look at the rankings, ‘Jacare' is the next in line for the title. He can fight Lyoto Machida, Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero, or even Belfort for the interim title, and then wait for Weidman. Belfort is picking opponents, and that's not what champions do. That's wrong. And it's also wrong to stop the whole division."
He also stated that Jacare (21-3, 1 NC, 4-0 UFC), who is coming off a third-round submission victory over Gegard Mousasi in September, would be ready to fight again in April and would take on anyone for the interim title, even Belfort if need be.
The idea of an interim title seems a little strange considering that Weidman only fought six months ago, but it's not surprising that all the potential contenders are jockeying for position.