Dana White: Vitor Belfort vs. Silva-Weidman winner ‘makes sense’

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Dana White considers Vitor Belfort as the next possible challenger for the middleweight belt. Photo: Carol Correia.

LAS VEGAS — After the knockout-victory over Luke Rockhold at UFC on FX 8, Vitor Belfort is close to fighting for the middleweight title again, and may be next in line.

While not 100 percent confirming Belfort being next for a title shot, UFC President Dana White praised the Brazilian fighter’s performance, and said that it’s fair for him to face the winner of Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman.

“Actually, yeah, (what you just said) it really sinks in,” White said when asked if Belfort would face the winner of the Silva-Weidman fight. “It would make sense for those two to fight. He could fight either one of those guys.”

In a press conference in Las Vegas, White defended Belfort in relation to testosterone-replacement therapy that the fighter is subjected to through the recommendation of his physician, and criticized the media speculating on the subject all the time.

“I am against TRT, but it’s … within the rules,” White said. “That kick … has nothing to do with TRT. He underwent tests and I am confident that they will (come back) clean.”

Belfort’s latest win came last weekend, and Silva vs. Weidman will go down on July 6 at UFC 162.

(Lilian Caparroz and Erik Fontanez contributed to this report)

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