During a recent guest spot on "The MMA Hour," Weidman revealed that it was during wrestling practice that he suffered the setback that ultimately resulted in fractured cartilage in his rib. It's an injury that Weidman reveals increases in pain with something as simple as a sneeze.
Despite his desire to stay on course for the fight, his doctors pulled the plug.
Needles to say, "All American" wasn't in the best of moods and says he fell into of a bit of depression. Still, the current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champ is apologetic to "The Phenom" and the fans, revealing that he won't be out for too long -- as little as six-to-eight weeks.
And when he's ready and able, he still wants to get his hands on the "mental midget" that is Belfort:
"I got depressed for a couple of days. It's kind of coming out of it now, it's just really tough. I fought through so many injuries. I fought with them every time. There's always nagging injuries, but I've fought through significant injuries that most guys would have not. I would have been more than willing to do something like that for this fight if it was to come up. But this was just something that I couldn't do. It just sucks because Vitor is such a great matchup for me. I just heard you say that he wanted to fight Mark Munoz, this guys is a mental midget. I would go in there with anything, I just need to be able to move a little bit. It just sucks real bad."
Of course, Belfort didn't take the news well, either, as this is now the third time their title fight has been scrapped. "The Phenom" went out of his way to lay out a timeline of the unfortunate events, citing Weidman's multiple injuries as the cause.
After catching wind of Belfort's rant, Weidman went from feeling bad for his foe to getting "pissed off."
"I went from feeling bad for him to getting pissed off. I'm just like, 'are are you kidding me?' It's just a lot of ignorant things to say and he's leaving out a lot of information. I don't like to take jabs at people all the time, other fighters, I have a lot of respect for them. I watched a lot of tape leading up to this fight and I have respect for him, I think he's a good fighter and it would be a good test; but, when he starts talking like I pulled out three times, it just doesn't make sense."
One of the details Belfort left out, according to Weidman, was the fact that the Brazilian was pulled from their proposed title fight at UFC 173 because of his testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) injuries.
As far as the proposed interim title fight between Belfort and Lyoto Machida, which Vitor ultimately declined, Weidman was a bit bothered, seeing as how his anticipated short absence doesn't warrant an interim title.
But, when he does return to action in April or May, he hopes Belfort's dance card is still empty because he vows to "smoke" the hard-hitting Brazilian and give all the fans who doubted his toughness a "reality check."