Champ Chris Weidman Injured, Title Fight with Lyoto Machida Postponed to UFC 175

Written by Tim Ngo
March 24th, 2014

UFC Chris Weidman

On Monday, it was announced a knee injury will force middleweight champion Chris Weidman (pictured) out of his UFC 173 title defense against Lyoto Machida.

Hold your horses, Vitor Belfort fanboys.

The title tilt has been postponed to UFC 175 on July 5, which takes place inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The change in date aligns perfectly with the UFC’s reputation for hosting big shows on The Strip every Fourth of July weekend.

Specifics behind Weidman’s injury were not disclosed, but “All-American” will require minor surgery.

Belfort, who was initially slated to challenge Weidman at UFC 173, was pulled from the scrap last month after the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to ban testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Belfort has been on the controversial treatment for his last several fights.

Machida was quickly thrown in as substitute. According to Belfort, UFC brass promised him next dibs once he gets accustomed to life without TRT.

A new main event for UFC 173, which takes place May 24 with a co-featured attraction between former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic, will be announced shortly.

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