Chris Weidman now has a date for his next UFC middleweight title defense. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight kingpin Chris Weidman will defend his belt against Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 184 on Feb. 28.
UFC officials Wednesday announced that the pay-per-view card will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the venue that was supposed to have housed the ill-fated UFC 176 in August.
Belfort was granted a conditional license by the Nevada Athletic Commission in June which would allow him to face the 185-pound champion. The bout was slated to take place at UFC 181 on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas, but Weidman suffered a fractured hand injury that delayed the fight to early 2015.
Belfort last competed in November of 2013, when he knocked out Dan Henderson via head kick at UFC Fight Night “Belfort vs. Henderson.” It was the third consecutive head-kick knockout for the Blackzilians representative, who also dispatched middleweight contenders Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold in a similar manner earlier in 2013.
After defeating Anderson Silva in back-to-back bouts at UFC 162 and UFC 168, “All-American” Weidman decisively beat Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision at UFC 175. The 30-year-old New York native has yet to be defeated in his career, including eight wins under the UFC banner.