Vitor Belfort Out, Lyoto Machida In for UFC 173 Title Fight
The new testosterone therapy ban has claimed its first victim, with title implications in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Number one contender, Vitor Belfort, has dropped out of his title fight versus Chris Weidman at UFC 173. Former light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida, will step in to take on the champ in May. The UFC made ground-breaking news for the growing sport earlier this evening. They passed a ban on TRT exemption use in the sport, which will be enforced on any future events, no matter the country. Belfort commented on the situation stating he had yet to apply for a license to fight in Las Vegas, and would need a longer camp to prepare for the UFC title fight without the use of the banned therapy. One man’s loss is another man’s gain as Machida has looked impressive to UFC decision-makers since dropping weight. Many have believed that it was just a matter of time until “The Dragon” got his own title shot. The fight itself will take place Las Vegas on May 24, with Vitor Belfort possibly waiting in the wings for the winner.
By Justin Huffman