Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort doesn’t understand how he can be dropped in the official UFC rankings when he hasn’t competed.
Belfort, who was removed from a planned title fight with Chris Weidman for the middleweight belt, took to Facebook to issue his grievance and try to understand the problem.
Discretion of the Ranking of the UFC.
In any sport the ranking is defined by the result of the athletes in competitions. I and my team worked very hard for me to be very well placed in the UFC. For this reason, I understand that there is a lack of clarity of the UFC in the validation criterion of ranking, especially when we see athletes climb without even having competed. I was in second, drops to third place without having had fights in this interim. Clear criteria strengthen the sport.
Belfort fell to No. 3 in the latest 185-pound rankings behind Weidman, Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida. The UFC replaced Belfort with Machida for UFC 173, but that title fight was moved to UFC 175 after Weidman underwent knee surgery.
There has been no date set for Belfort’s return as he tries to get his fight license secured after the UFC and several athletic commissions banned the use of TRT. “The Phenom” has defeated the likes of Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson as of late.