UFC 173: Belfort Out, Weidman vs. Machida Set

The least surprising news after today’s momentous announcement from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has been confirmed as Vitor Belfort is out of UFC 173 title fight with middleweight champion Chris Weidman. The news was announced on a late edition of FOX Sports Live.

Replacing Belfort will be former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. “The Dragon” has gone 2-0 since dropping to middleweight with wins over Gegard Mousasi and Mark Muñoz. Weidman vs. Machida will headline the May 24 fight card in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Belfort did indicate that he would return to MMA without TRT once his body had adjusted to ending the process. Be sure to stay tuned as more updates are expected to come on the heels of tonight’s announcement.