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Vitor Belfort Declined Interim Title Fight Against Lyoto Machida at UFC 184

Written by Tom Ngo
January 31st, 2015
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UFC president Dana White just put Vitor Belfort (pictured) on blast. According to White, Belfort was blowing up his flip phone begging for an interim middleweight title fight after champion Chris Weidman pulled out of their UFC 184 scrap Friday with a rib injury.

White thought it was a good idea and did his best to accommodate Belfort. However, when White got Lyoto Machida to agree to face Belfort for a manufactured 185-pound crown on the February 28 card, Belfort declined the tango.

“I’m still talking to Vitor Belfort. I pulled together this fight with Lyoto Machida and Lyoto agreed take it, but Vitor didn’t want it,” White revealed during Fox Sports 1’s UFC 183 post-fight show. “It surprised me. I have another fight I’m offering to Vitor so we’ll see what happens.”

Machida is currently the UFC’s third ranked middleweight. Belfort is one slot behind him.

No word on what White now has planned for Belfort. It is also unknown how long Weidman will be forced to ride the pine.

Reigning bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano, who were initially slated to co-headline UFC 183, now get top billing.

Staples Center in Los Angeles hosts the festivities.

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