Its something that has been said before, but this time he means it – Vitor Belfort say’s he will retire after his next fight.
Belfort will step into the Octagon for what he says will be his final fight, as he takes on Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 124. Belfort said in an interview with MMAJunkie.com that “this is the last one.”
The bout is the last bout on his current UFC contract, and whilst it doesn’t seem like the UFC would not resign him, it appears as though Vitor, whose first UFC bout took place at UFC 12 in 1997 where he won the tournament, defeating Tra Telligman and Scott Ferrozzo in one night, does not want to be resigned – He is happy to call it a day.
Belfort says he’s now transitioning into his ‘second journey’ in life, stating “I’m going to that second Journey. Retirement, for me, is different than how people see it. I’m happy, I’m content with my life, I don’t depend on the lights, I live out of that, that’s not what feeds my ego.”
Whilst discussing his final fight Belfort states that “I want to fight my best fight” he further states that he wants to win and that ultimately he wishes he had an undefeated career, but there are just somethings in life that you can not control – “I wish today wasn’t raining, but it’s raining. So, things that you cannot control, it’s a waste of time thinking about.”
Belfort is probably best remembered for his iconic eras of MMA – You had a young Belfort, someone who was youthful and a force to be reckoned with, he’ll always be remembered for finishing Wanderlei Silva in just 44 seconds. He then had several ups and downs, leaving the UFC for Pride, then returning to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Randy Couture – He lost the belt in a rematch 6 months later and then lost to Tito Ortiz in a split decision a year later, he left the UFC for a second time to fight for various organisations such as Pride, Cage Rage and Strikeforce.
He again returned to the UFC where he was knocked out by Anderson Silva via a front kick that will go down in MMA history forever, after losing to Jon Jones for a shot at the Light Heavyweight title, a bout in which Belfort nearly broke Jones’ arm, Belfort returned to an era known as the TRT Belfort era – During this era it was no secret that Belfort, as well as several other UFC athletes where given use of Testosterone Replace Therapy, during this time Belfort head kicked his way past Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson, earning his way to a shot at Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman – Belfort, lost this bout by TKO – This marked the final era for Belfort which was post TRT which has seen Belfort win just 2 of his last 5 bouts.
So there you have it, the Phenom will be ending his MMA career on Sunday night, marking the end of an era, the future Hall of Famer plans to release a book on his life in the near future. Comment below your thoughts on Belfort’s retirement.