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Chris Weidman stops just short of calling Vitor Belfort a 'juicer'

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According to a Jan. 6 report from MMA Fighting, UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman (11-0) stopped just short of calling hard-hitting Brazilian MMA legend Vitor Belfort (24-10) a juicer.

Weidman, 29, dropped the "juicer" term, but he made sure to tack on "if that's what you want to consider him," before wrapping up his sentence.

The 36-year-old Belfort has faced some heat from fight fans for his use of testosterone replacement therapy, and Weidman was quick to point out that he's not in favor of it either.

"I feel like I'm on another level than him," Weidman said of Belfort. "I think it's a great fight for me. I think I can beat him no matter what he's done. It's more legit if I'm beating up a juicer, if that's what you want to consider him."

Weidman is set to fight Belfort either on Memorial Day weekend or on the UFC's annual Fourth of July card.

He knows Belfort's TRT use is going to be a hot news story leading up to the fight, and Weidman is prepared to answer all the questions media members have for him.

"It's more a cloud for him," Weidman said of Belfort. "He's the one who got caught cheating once. Now he's taking TRT and I don't think it's right. I did hear from other TRT users, not to mention names, but I've heard TRT is a good way to cover up other things. I don't know much about the business that these guys are in, but, that doesn't seem cool to me, for a guy who's not taking anything."

Weidman had kinder words for the man he just beat, MMA legend Anderson Silva.

The Long Island native said he hopes Silva will be able to make a comeback.

"I do want to see him come back, but it would be a very hard transition," Weidman said. "Physically it's going to be tough, but it might be more a mental thing that will be a bigger struggle for him. If you put yourself in his shoes, he was known as the greatest of all time, I still think he should be known as the greatest of all-time. ... He got knocked out the first fight by me, he never got knocked out before. Then the second fight, gets dropped in the first round, then he breaks leg on me when he's known as a as kicker. It's going to be tough for him, I wish him the best, I want him to come back and do great things."

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