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Number two ranked UFC Middleweight Vitor Belfort went in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday and was granted his license to compete. However, Belfort will have to comply to circumstances ordered by the commission. Belfort must compete in Las Vegas in his next bout and cannot fight before December; he also has to take random blood and urine tests at any time, date, and place and will have to pay for any enhanced testing out of his own pocket.
Nevertheless, this ultimately secured Belfort’s shot at Chris Weidman’s Middleweight title. Directly following Belfort earning his license the UFC officially announced that Belfort will be facing Weidman in the main event of UFC 181 on December 6th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Belfort has won 10 of his past 12 fights with his only two losses coming in championship fights to Jon Jones and Anderson Silva. He is also riding a very impressive three fight win streak, defeating Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson all via knockout in an 11 month span.
This will be a substancial test for Weidman. If he can get past Belfort he will earn his third title defense and will do something that only champions have been able to accomplish dating back to 2006.