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Vitor Belfort to face Nate Marquardt in retirement fight at UFC 212

Vitor Belfort will make his 25th and final appearance inside the octagon at UFC 212.

UFC officials today confirmed that a recently rumoured bout between Vitor ‘The Phenom’ Belfort and Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt will take place on June 3rd at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Belfort (25-14) recently announced that he intends for his next appearance inside the octagon to be his last. ‘The Phenom’ made his UFC debut 20 years ago at UFC 12, destroying Tra Telligman and Scott Ferrozzo in a combined time of just 120 seconds, and claiming victory in the heavyweight tournament.

 

Throughout his long and storied career, Belfort has been a perennial contender in the UFC middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions, challenging for titles on the three separate occasions and defeating many top names such as Michael Bisping, Randy Couture, Anthony Johnson, Dan Henderson and Luke Rockhold.

Although recently, the 40-year-old Brazilian has struggled to compete at the highest level. He has lost four of his last five bouts, including three consecutive TKO losses in his last three appearances.

Belfort made the following post on social media yesterday regarding his 25th and final appearance inside the octagon:

Meanwhile, Nate Marquardt (11-5) has lost four of his last six bouts and is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Sam Alvey at UFC on FOX 23 in January.

Who do you think will win when Vitor Belfort and Nate Marquardt square off inside the Octagon? Let us know in the comment section.

 

 

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