UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has a date for his next title defense against Vitor Belfort as they will meet in the main event of UFC 173 on May 24th in Las Vegas.
The fight booking was announced by UFC President Dana White through ESPN.com on Saturday night and the card will come from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Along with the title fight, the co-main event will be a light heavyweight bout as Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will meet in the octagon in a battle of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 coaches.
Weidman (11-0) became the UFC middleweight champion last year when he defeated long time champion Anderson Silva by knockout at UFC 162. He returned in December and defeated Silva once again, this time he won by TKO after Silva suffered a broken leg.
Belfort (24-10) is currently on a three fight winning streak and has won six of his eight fights since returning to the UFC in 2009. Both of his defeats since coming back to the UFC have been in title fights and his last three wins have come by knockout due to a kick.
It has been well documented that Belfort has been given an exemption for testosterone replacement therapy in his past couple of fights and he will have to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission to be granted an exemption for it.
More details on this fight card will be released by the UFC in the coming weeks, including more fight announcements and ticket information.