Somewhere in Biloxi, Alan Belcher is smiling.
Earlier today (July 24, 2012), former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight number one contender, Vitor Belfort, petitioned promotion matchmaker Joe Silva for a fight against Chris Weidman in Brazil, with the winner getting the next crack at reigning division champion Anderson Silva.
There's no point in waiting around for Joe to get back to him.
That's because Weidman already got wind of "The Phenom's" diabolical scheme, and basically told him thanks, but no thanks, because the "All American" has bigger fish to fry after extending his undefeated winning streak to nine straight earlier this month.
His rebuttal (via Twitter) after the jump.
"Love ya @vitorbelfort but you already had your shot at the belt and Im sure u will have another in the future.Rt now is my time though."
Short and sweet.
Weidman is poised to challenge "The Spider" after beating the brakes off Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 4 back on July 11 in San Jose, California, improving his record to 9-0 with six finishes.
With Hector Lombard out of the "mix" following his UFC 149 stinker opposite Tim Boetsch, Alan Belcher was in line to face off against Belfort in Brazil while Michael Bisping and Brian Stann try to eliminate each other from the title race at UFC 152 in September.
Well Maniacs, there you have it. The good news is, the promotion's 185-pound division is exciting again. But who gets first dibs on Silva's gold?