Chris Weidman takes on Vitor Belfort at UFC 173 in Las Vegas

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The UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman will defend his championship on Memorial Day weekend against Vitor Belfort at UFC 173 in Las Vegas.

Chris Weidman takes on Vitor Belfort at UFC 173 in Las Vegas

ESPN.com confirmed the news during the UFC 169 broadcast on Saturday evening.

Weidman (11-0) defeated longtime middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva at UFC 162 to become the champ and defended it against him again at UFC 168 in December. The New York native checked a leg kick in the second round which broke Silva’s leg and forced the finish of the fight.

Belfort (24-10) is riding a three-fight winning streak, with all three victories coming via knockout. Most recently, Belfort knocked out Dan Henderson just one-minute in to the very first round of their UFC Fight Night 32 match-up. “The Phenom’s” last loss came to Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC 152 in late 2012.

UFC 172 takes place on Memorial Day long weekend from Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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