Chris Weidman wasted no time in defeating Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on May 23, proving why he’s the best pound-to-pound fighter! Click to watch highlights from the fight and more!
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. New York fighter Chris Weidman, 30, survived an early onslaught from Vitor Belfort, 38, to defeat the Brazilian in a TKO finish in the first round on May 23 at UFC 187 in the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
UFC 187: Chris Weidman Beats Vitor Belfort
Just a day before the fight, there was a lot of pre-fight tension during the weigh-ins, as Chris claimed that his counterpart Belfort showed positive results during a drug test and was cheating.
And the two went at each other from the moment they entered the Octagon, with Vitor showing his intent by cracking Chris with a heavy hit before pinning him against the cage.
Vitor then continued to blitz Chris with a flurry of punches, and at one point, it appeared that the middleweight champion was rattled and couldn’t handle Vitor’s attacks. Such was Vitor’s dominance, a cut appeared on Chris’ face from all the elbows and punches he’d received.
After surviving the onslaught, Chris pulled Vitor to the mat and absolutely mauled his opponent. It was an unrelenting attack as he rained down with some heavy punches — with Vitor rolling to his side, unable to take more punishment.
Referee Herb Dean came to his rescue and stopped the fight at 2:53 in round one to give Chris his third consecutive title defense.
Chris Weidman Proves Doubters Wrong With Win
After the fight, Chris revealed his winning strategy. He said he wasn’t hurt by Vitor’s early attacks and was just biding his time before striking.
“He hit me with some good shots, but I was just covering, covering, covering and waiting to come back,” Chris said. He also wanted to let all of his haters know that he is a force to be reckoned with.
“Stop doubting me!” he told Joe Rogan after the win. “It’s enough! Stop doubting me! Join the team!”
A heartbroken Vitor, who had a good support in the crowd, addressed his followers: “Chris is a great fighter. It was a better night for him.”
What d’you think, HollywoodLifers? Is Chris proving his doubters wrong?
— Jon Boon