Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight No. 1 contender, Vitor Belfort, is not afraid to fight former light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida, who volunteered to replace the injured Chris Weidman in the UFC 184 pay-per-view (PPV) main event.
But "The Phenom" won't sully himself with some phony-bologna title.
That's why the Brazilian told "The Dragon" to stay in his cave, because if the promotion is not going to strip Weidman of the 185-pound crown and put it up for grabs, then Belfort is content to ride the pine until the "All American" champion gets back on his horse.
From his official Instagram account:
About the cancellation of my UFC 184 fight. I would like to say that, as everyone else, I'm very disappointed with all this situation. For exactly one year, I have seen my dream to make history in UFC with my 3rd world title in a different weight category postponed. Here are some facts: - UFC had to reschedule the middleweight world title content 3 times because of my opponent's injuries. (from May/14 to July/14- Weidman had a knee surgery, from December/14 to February/15 - Weidman had his hand broken, from February/15 to probably May/15- Weidman had his ribs hurt) - MY FOCUS WAS ALWAYS THE MIDDLEWEIGHT BELT AND I CLIMBED THE LADDER TO ACHIEVE MY POSITION. - This is why I won't fight for an interim, but if UFC gives 8 weeks and the middleweight Belt available for dispute I fight with anyone from the ranking. Not for an Interin, But the Middleweight Belt! - I've been in this sport for 19 years and I have never let UFC down. - I accepted to fight for the Light Heavyweight Belt right after the my sister got kidnapped and I still won the world championship. - I offered myself to fight in the UFC 152 against Jon Jones with less than 8 weeks to prepare myself to the bout and I had exactly the same injury my opponent has now and still I stepped up to the fight. I would like to thank UFC, the press and fans support, always. Focused in the Middleweight Belt! #thephenom #rumoaoterceirocinturao #andthenew #otbfight #9inewpp #tomakehistory
There you have it.
While UFC President Dana White continues to negotiate with "The Phenom," UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey has agreed to step up and take over as event headliner, in her 135-pound title defense against the undefeated Cat Zingano.
See the reworked UFC 184 fight card and line up here.