36-Vitor-Belfort-UFC126w_5168-478x270A rematch between middleweight champion Chris Weidman and former titleholder Anderson Silva headlines this weekend’s UFC 168 fight card in Las Vegas, and a No. 1 contender waits to face the winner.

During Thursday’s UFC 168 pre-fight press conference at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, UFC president Dana White said Vitor Belfort is next in line.

“Yeah, I think Vitor has earned the right to face whoever the winner is,” said White. “Vitor has been out there fighting, taking on all comers. Yeah, he’s next in line; no doubt about it.”

Belfort (24-10) has had a stellar 2013 and is certainly a candidate for Fighter of the Year. In January, he knocked out Michael Bisping in the second round with a head kick and follow-up punches. In May, he logged another highlight reel knockout over former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold. On Nov. 9, Belfort became the first fighter to knock out former two-division Pride champion Dan Henderson.

The Weidman vs. Silva rematch is expected to be the organization’s biggest pay-per-view event of the year, and a trilogy could be even bigger. That possibility is the one thing that could interfere with Belfort receiving the next shot at the middleweight crown.

“Anything’s possible. I would never say no, but if they go in and it’s a decisive win like the last fight was, Vitor is next,” said White following the press conference.

If Silva wins on Saturday, a bout with Belfort will be a rematch. The two met at UFC 126 in February 2011. Silva knocked Belfort out in the opening round after landing a front kick to his face. It was the first time Belfort had been rendered unconscious in his 17-year fighting career.

Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Dana White admits Anderson Silva's positive steroid test 'screwed me up for a few days'

  • 19 days ago
  • 122 views

Even UFC President Dana White was a huge fan of "The Spider." Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brass were undoubtedly ecstatic to finally have an event last evening (Sat., Feb. 14, 2015) as Broom read news >>

Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort Rescheduled for UFC 187 in Las Vegas | MMAWeekly.com

  • 15 days ago
  • 6 views

The UFC middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and challenger Vitor Belfort has been moved to UFC 187, according to various reports on Wednesday. read news >>

UFC 187 fight card: Jon Jones vs Anthony Johnson, Chris Weidman vs Vitor Belfort to headline May 23 event

  • 15 days ago
  • 5 views

This year's Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Memorial Day weekend card is shaping up to be one of the biggest of the year ... one filed to the brim with star power. On Wednesday's edition of "UFC read news >>

Rescheduled Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort being targeted for UFC 187 in May

  • 5 days ago
  • 10 views

The heavily anticipated UFC middleweight title fight between champ Chris Weidman and top contender Vitor Belfort that was supposed to take place next week appears to have a new home. read news >>

Dana White: Anderson Silva's Failed Test Screwed Me Up for a Few Days

  • 18 days ago
  • 26 views

It's fair to say Anderson Silva's failed test prior to UFC 183 messed with all of our heads a bit. UFC President Dana White is no exception to the rule. "It screwed me up for a few days," White told read news >>

Rescheduled Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort being targeted for UFC 187 in May

  • 16 days ago
  • 6 views

The heavily anticipated UFC middleweight title fight between champ Chris Weidman and top contender Vitor Belfort that was supposed to take place next week appears to have a new home. Filed under: Fea read news >>

UFC 187 gets title fights between Anthony Johnson vs. Jon Jones, Vitor Belfort vs. Chris Weidman

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 views

If all goes according to plan, this year's UFC Memorial Day card is shaping up to be one of the biggest of the year. As reported on Wednesday night's edition of UFC Tonight, two title fights are offi read news >>

Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson, Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort Headline UFC 187

  • 15 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC is planning some fireworks for its annual Memorial Day weekend event. Dana White's company announced its headliners for UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas, confirming that there will be a pair of tit read news >>

Morning Report: Lyoto Machida calls Anderson Silva a 'victim,' respects Vitor Belfort's decision not to fight him

  • 10 days ago
  • 328 views

Although they trained together for years, Lyoto Machida and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva haven't been the best of pals lately. In January, Silva stated publicly that he was 'very d read news >>