Speaking at yesterday's (May 23, 2013) media scrum (watch full video here), company president Dana White alluded to the possibility that "The Phenom" could be next in line for another 185-pound title shot after his first round knockout of Luke Rockhold last weekend (May 18, 2013) at UFC on FX 8.
The win marked the Brazilian's second straight knockout victory inside the Octagon and his fourth straight victory in the division which, as a result, shot him up the division rankings.
His lone 185-pound loss came to current champion Anderson Silva at UFC 126 two years ago. And should Silva defeat Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on July 7, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Belfort might get his rematch against the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world.
"There's no plans right now with Vitor. He just fought. We'll see what happens. We got another fight this weekend, we'll see what happens. It would make sense for [Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman] fight, and that's not far away. Those two fight, and we see what happens, or Vitor could fight again. I don't know. But he could fight either one of those guys."
While "The Phenom" hasn't competed in "Sin City" since his loss to "The Spider," Las Vegas could be the prime spot to hold a potential rematch between the two Brazilian strikers.
Belfort's last two bouts have taken place in his home country of Brazil, which is the reason many in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community have concluded it's all a plan to avoid licensing issues. Indeed, Belfort would require a medical exemption to compete in the United States because of his ongoing, and controversial, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
One that Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Keith Kizer didn't seem optimistic about issuing to Belfort because of a failed test for steroids at Pride 32 back in 2006.
White, however, dismisses any conspiracy theories:
"We're not keeping Vitor out of fighting from anywhere. We had Vitor fight in Brazil because Vitor sells out in Brazil. It's all a bunch of conspiracy theory crock of shit. It's not that they're (Nevada State Athletic Commission) going to have a problem licensing him. They're going to rake him over the coals is what they're going to do."
After revealing he has been on TRT prior to his knockout win over Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7, Belfort has been under heavy criticism. And the results of his last two dominant wins have only turned up the heat on the former Light Heavyweight champion.
"The Phenom" recently lashed out in response to the incessant criticism, going as far to request that a reporter "get a beat down" for harping on the issue during a recent post-fight press conference.
But, according to White, Belfort was tested before and after his bout against Rockhold and expects everything to come out fine once the results are back in:
"The whole TRT thing with Vitor has just become this huge -- people are going after Vitor Belfort, is what they're doing. TRT is legal. Everybody knows that. Vitor Belfort was tested leading all the way up to the fight. He was tested during the fight. We're waiting for those results to come back, and I'm positive he's going to be fine."
Belfort has since apologized for his "immature" reaction to the TRT question. However, he may have to do much more than that before the NSAC if and when he applies for a license to compete in "Sin City."