Brazili’s OGlobo owned Combate is reporting that Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida is in the works. However, while Combate says the bout is intended for a UFC Brazil card on Nov 9, Ariel Helwani appeared Tuesday on UFC Tonight and related that UFC president Dana White told him he wanted the fight on the UFC’s 20th anniversary show on Nov 16 show in Las Vegas, underneath Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks, and at middleweight.
Machida’s camp reportedly is willing to fight at 185, 205, of catchweight, but would prefer the fight was in Brazil. Machida had previously avoided middleweight as it was ruled by friend and Blackhouse teammate Anderson Silva. However, with Silva’s loss to Weidman, that stance has changed.
Belfort said he only wanted to fight at middleweight if it was for a title, as he has won three in a row by KO at that weight – Yoshihiro Akiyama, Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold. However, Dana White ultimately gets what he wants, mostly, and Machida vs. Belfort at mw is a great fight, with some interesting title implications.
A final potentially contentious issue is Belforts use of a Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). Getting licensed in Nevada with a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) could be problematic, given that Belfort was suspended for nine months and fined $10,000 in 2006 by the Nevada Athletic Commission following a failed test. Brazilian endocrinologist Dr. Rodrigo M. Greco stated he had injected Belfort with testosterone following surgery to repair a torn meniscus. However, the NAC noted that a fighter is responsible for what is in his body