Jul 5, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Chris Weidman gets ready to enter the octagon for a middleweight title fight against Lyoto Machida at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Weidman wants to fight Vitor Belfort next

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman successfully defended his title on July 5 in the main event of UFC 175 against Lyoto Machida.

Weidman is now on the shelf as he recovers from a number of injuries suffered during the bout.

The champion is enjoying his time off, but during a recent interview with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com Weidman discussed what his next step will be.

Weidman admitted that he does not have an idea of when his next bout will come or who the next title challenger will be, but he does have an idea of who he would like to face and that is Brazilian contender Vitor Belfort.

“I wish I could tell you, I’m in the same boat as you,” Weidman said, via MMAFighting.com. “I haven’t spoken to Dana [White] or anyone at the UFC since my fight [on July 5].

“I do want to fight Vitor Belfort. He’s the guy who’s been floating around the top for awhile now. He’s another legend. I’ve kind of grew to enjoy fighting legends that I got into the sport watching and admiring. Obviously he has his drug test issue going on. I hope somehow he can figure it out and we can get him licensed and, I really don’t know how that’s working. But that’s the guy I do want to fight.”

Weidman vs. Belfort is one of the most intriguing matches that the UFC can book at 185-pounds, so it is something that the UFC will strongly consider.

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