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And then there were two

(A fan poster made by an overly optimistic Brazilian)

With Rashad Evans’s barnburner of a fight putting him out of the running for next Anderson Silva victim, all eyes now turn to Chris Weidman. Update em, DW:

“I’d have to say yes,” White told ( at Saturday’s post-UFC 156 presser when asked if Silva vs. Weidman was the next logical booking. “Going into this fight, we wanted to wait. We wanted to see what happened. I liked Weidman for this fight, anyway, so yeah.”

White said he has yet to approach Silva or his camp about the fight but hopes to get something done soon. There are a still a few variables, including Weidman’s continued recovery from a November shoulder surgery.

Those sound like two perfectly realistic fight derailers to me. If I was Vitor Belfort, I’d be reminding people how awesome my knockout of Michael Bisping was. But will he even be available to fight? Vitor being on PEDs coming into the Bisping fight was this huge elephant in the room, which is probably why a rumor that his drug test came back positive swept across the internet so quickly. But not so fast! Dana White squashed that story on Saturday night:

“It f***ing was not Vitor Belfort. Yet right now, I bet if you talk to a hundred people, a hundred people will tell you that Vitor Belfort failed his drug test in Brazil. That’s bulls**t, that’s crazy, that some rumor from a f***ing clown with a fake name on Twitter can do that. It’s crazy.”

The results come back sometime today and the big question is would this newfangled Brazilian commission even reveal if Vitor Belfort was using testosterone replacement therapy if he’d gotten it approved? In Toronto, they revealed that *someone* had been given a TUE but refused to name names. Is that the game we’re going to play again?

Testosterone aside, there’s also the fact that the UFC isn’t planning on going down to Brazil during the scheduled time for Anderson Silva’s fight. And if you’re going to do Anderson / Vitor 2, it’s gotta be in Brazil. And if the UFC books the fight but throws it in the wrong country, it will be a sign that they’re getting overly rigid with their advance touring schedule.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    He probably has a TUE so they won’t say no matter what happens – and it’s piss testing so it really doesn’t matter. It just means someone messed up their cycle or “forgot to read the label.”

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Can’t wait to see Silva actually test himself in the Weidman fight. Should be fun.

  • mobius

    weidman’s last cage fight:

    he runs the division!

    ‘he’s done himself a mischief’ would be a great line to use in a post-fight interview.

  • kvelertak

    Dana also said that Anderson Silva doesn’t give a fuck who he fights, and it’s all posturing for getting better deals.

    People who say he is scared are retards.

  • Nachtfalter

    How exactly isn’t the UFC planning to go to Brazil “during the scheduled time for Anderson Silva’s fight”?

    There’s an event tentatively scheduled for Brasilia in May and by all accounts there’ll be another one in June that will feature the TUF Brazil 2 finalists plus the Big Nog / Werdum fight.

    Now, we can safely assume that Anderson’s not gonna fight before May because all those cards either already have enough high profile fights or they’re on Fuel and I would certainly hope that his next fight’s not gonna be later than June. So, there you… Silva/Weidman in Brazil, Silva/Belfort 2 in Brazil… anything’s possible.