All good things must come to an end. Vitor Belfort wants one more fight in his home country of Brazil and then he will turn-in the gloves on what has been a legendary MMA career. With just 1 fight remaining on his UFC contract, Vitor has announced his next fight will be his last. After joking about fighting CM Punk in Rio De Janeiro, “the Phenom” is not sure who he will be facing on June 3rd, but just wants to end his career in his home country.
The Brazilian fighters been a fixture in MMA since the mid-90s. He has fought for the UFC, Pride, Affliction and Strikeforce. Belfort came onto the mixed martial landscape in 1997 and shocked the fighting world with blazing knockouts of both Scott Ferrozzo andTank Abott. He was just 19 when he started his UFC career and has fought professionally for more than half his life. Vitor was the first fighter that brought both world class jujitsu and boxing into MMA, which made him equally dangerous standing or on the ground.
Recently, Vitor has lost 4 of his last 5 fights and just doesn’t look the same. The lightening fast punches are just not there anymore. Kevin Gastelum made Vitor’s boxing skills look average, with a severe beating that made many people think that fight was his last. After his loss to Kelvin, a discouraged Belfot said, “unless they come up with a legends division, I can’t continue anymore. Training for 5 rounds is just too much for my body now.” No one has ever defeated “father time,” and Vitor’s time is here.
Vitor, who just turned 40, will surely be inducted into the UFC hall of fame and stay in the sport that he loves in some capacity for the rest of his life.