Dan Henderson: Vitor Belfort loses to Chris Weidman ... especially if the fight is in the United States

Esther Lin via MMA Fighting

That's now two former world champions (Luke Rockhold being the other) that say Chris Weidman's chances of defeating Vitor Belfort increase greatly if the fight takes places in the United States of America.

Luke Rockhold isn't the only one that thinks Chris Weidman will defeat Vitor Belfort when the two collide for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title later this year as Dan Henderson agrees with the former Strikeforce champion.

In addition, just like Rockhold, "Hendo" believes "All American's" chances of winning increase greatly if the fight takes place in the United States.


According to "Hendo," the chances of Vitor getting a testosterone replacement therapy (TR) exemption are going to be pretty tough (though Las Vegas, Nevada, is looking pretty good right about now).

Appearing on "The MMA Hour," Hendo gave his vote of confidence to Weidman to defeat a man whose body has changed drastically over the years.

His words:

"No (he doesn't beat Weidman). Vitor is very capable of beating anybody in those first few minutes of the fight because he is dangerous and he hits hard. But, I don't see it happening, especially if the fight is in the U.S. I don't know, I'm not going to point fingers and say things I have no idea about. Obviously he won't be able to use TRT here. I just feel his body has definitely changed a little bit in the last couple of years since he hasn't been fighting here. There's reasons for that. He's been fighting a long time and we've seen his body change a couple of different times. It is what it is. At the same time, I have no idea, he could be doing everything right by the book and the way he should. Which is what he should have done years ago, as well."

Dan Henderson was knocked out in the very first round by Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 32 last November (watch it here) in a Light Heavyweight fight that was the last one on "Hendo's" current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contract.

The loss also marked his third straight loss inside the Octagon.

As a result, Henderson and UFC officials are currently involved in ongoing contract negotiations. And according to "Hendo," the two sides are very far apart and even went as far as saying the ZUFFA-owned company wants to cut his salary by more than half of what he was previously making.

What say you Maniacs, that's two former world champions -- both who have been knocked silly by Vitor, by the way -- who feel Weidman will end "The Phenom's" run, do you agree?

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