It could be ... but maybe not.
Now that Chris Weidman has disposed of his latest challenger, winning a unanimous decision over Lyoto Machida (watch the highlights here) in the main event of UFC 175 last night (July 5, 2014) in Las Vegas, Nevada, it's time to look ahead to his next middleweight title defense.
Paging Vitor Belfort:
Belfort, of course, is one of three amigos still recovering from the UFC 175 drug testing crackdown, one that pinched not only himself, but fellow middle/light heavyweight veterans Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. "The American Gangster" was running his own personal pharmacy while "The Axe Murderer" was just plain running.
"The Phenom" insists he's clean as a whistle (proof!) and wants to get back in action later this year on his native soil. UFC President Dana White, however, is exercising caution and furiously pumping the brakes on all that talk.
From the UFC 175 post-fight press conference:
"I think what's next and what everybody would like to see, what I would like to see, and what you would like to see, is probably Vitor Belfort. So let's see what happens with Vitor, if this guy can get his business handled. ... We'll see how this thing plays out, I don't know."