Not long after news broke that Vitor Belfort was free and clear of any conditional restraints levied by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), word comes down the mixed martial arts (MMA) pipeline that "The Phenom" is expected to tangle with reigning middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 184, which is being targeted for the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Feb. 28, 2015.
As for the Brazilian's mandatory drug tests? MMA Junkie has it straight from NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett:
"It was negotiated and I think we worked it out that he's going to be able to fight over there. We had things ready to go (with Belfort), and then we had conversations with Andy ensuring that out-of-competition testing will take place."
Nothing is official at this time, but these are the tentative plans.
Belfort was previously scheduled to compete at the UFC 181 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Dec. 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, but Weidman's fractured hand (details) pushed it to early 2015 and the promotion was unable to secure a "Sin City" date/location that fit the Brazilian's licensing requirements.
Now, that responsibility falls on the shoulders of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) and its impeccable record.