Dana White: Vitor Belfort gets next UFC middleweight title shot against winner of Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman

Chris Trotman

Middleweight wrecking ball Vitor Belfort has been so impressive in recent outings that he's left the promotion with no choice but to grant him another 185-pound title shot.

Looks like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight number one contender, Vitor Belfortheld up his end of the bargain.

And then some.

UFC President Dana White has confirmed to FOX Sports that Belfort (24-10) has earned the right to face the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva, who battle it out for the "All American's" 185-pound title in the main event of UFC 168, which takes place on Dec. 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"(Ed) Soares was telling me that Anderson absolutely thinks Vitor deserves another shot. The next move for him will be Vitor Belfort. If Anderson Silva doesn't win this fight, [then] Chris Weidman and Vitor."

So ... how about that soccer stadium?

Since falling to Jon Jones in a temporary trip to light heavyweight, Belfort has reeled off three consecutive first-round head-kick knockouts, disposing of Michael Bisping, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold and most recently, Dan Henderson.

And White may give him another crack at the crown just to keep from getting harassed.

The promotion was hesitant to commit to giving "The Phenom" the division's top spot, simply because he lost so spectacularly when he tried to unseat Silva at UFC 126 back in 2011. But now that "The Spider" has been dethroned, all bets are off. Heck, even Silva thinks Belfort has earned it.

With or without TRT.

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