On May 23, middleweight champion Chris Weidman will finally face the No. 3 contender, Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, at UFC® 187. The highly anticipated fight will be a match-up you will not want to miss!
Here’s how the fighters stack up against one another:
Chris Weidman’s Advantages
Weidman is best known for being the man who finally took Anderson Silva off his middleweight title throne in 2013. He has since maintained the championship belt, and continues to impress fighters and fans with his intensity and skills.
Fighting Out Of: Baldwin, NY
Walk-Out Song: “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty
- His Grappling/Wrestling
A Division I, two-time All-American wrestler in college, Weidman is probably most famous for his grappling on the mat. He is serious with his takedowns and once he gets a challenger down on the mat, there is little hope for them.
- He's Great Under Pressure
Unlike Belfort, Weidman thrives while under the looking glass. When pinned against the MMA great Silva, he was able go beyond expectations and defeat the legend… twice! Since coming into his role as champion, he has remained confident, yet always prepared for his next opponent.
- His Endurance
The New Yorker has continued to stay in shape and keep his stamina up, despite having been a champion for several years now. He stays energized and excited each time he is in the dreaded Octagon™.
Vitor Belfort's Advantages
Belfort is a force to be reckoned with in MMA. The power and accuracy of his boxing and kicks are unparalleled. He is coming off of a break, but we know "The Phenom" will be in prime form for this bout.
Fighting Out Of: Las Vegas, NV
Walk-Out Song: “300 Violin Orchestra” by Jorge Quintero
- He's a Dynamic Striker
Not only is Belfort always mixing up his striking, but he is considered one of, if not the best, striker in all of the UFC®. His boxing is excellent, and his punches are powerful. He tends to catch his more challenging opponents in their crucial moment of weakness and take advantage of it with heavy hits to receive his win.
- His Strength
Belfort is one of the strongest fighters in the MMA. The muscle bound Brazilian’s strength may eventually bring him down, though. He has been known to lose energy towards the end of his fights.
- His Jiu-Jitsu
Although Weidman is a great wrestler, Belfort is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt. He is not known for his submissions, but he does have some great kicks and specialized Jiu-Jitsu skills.
UFC® 187 Prediction: Weidman, by Submission
In the end, I see Weidman taking a tired Belfort to the ground after several rounds and submitting him. Although Belfort may try to knock Weidman out in the first couple rounds with his solid striking and kicks, Weidman is too smart to get in a vulnerable position. After going back and forth for a few rounds, Belfort will begin to wear out, and the current middleweight championwill take “The Phenom” to the mat to finish him with a quick submission.
See UFC® 187 Live!
You can see Belfort challenge Weidman’s belt, and watch Daniel Cormier face Anthony Johnson in a title fight at UFC® 187!
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The stacked card will take place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23.
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#UFCVIPs will also have the chance to meet-and-greet with fighters, MMA legends and even Octagon Girls™ while hanging out in the suite. And as a VIP, you will even get a behind-the-scenes look at the UFC® with Octagon™ tours, access to fighter Q&A’s, pre-fight weigh-ins, and more!
Take Your Experience Up a Notch with the Takedown Party!
If you want to make a complete weekend out of the event, you can add the Friday Night Takedown Party to your agenda at the Crush Lounge. You will be treated with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks while hanging with more UFC® celebrities!