Belfort announces fight vs. Hall in 2018
Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort sometimes follows his own muse, so the news shouldn’t be taken as confirmed, but he has announced that he is fighting Uriah Hall in a middleweight bout. That date he gave was January 14, a Sunday.
“I just signed my bout agreement for January 14th at UFC,” wrote Belfort on his social network. “I always looked for big challenges and in my last UFC fight it couldn’t be different… Uriah Hall it’s a honor to share the cage with a such young and talented fighter. Thanks for accepting the fight!”
Belfort is coming off a unanimous decision win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 in June. Prior to that he had gone 1-4, although one of the losses was overturned due to Kelvin Gastelum testing positive for the demon weed marijuana.
At age 40, after 21 years in the Octagon, the post-TRT Belfort should not be fighting top talent in the division. The Gastelums, Jacares, and Mousasis are going to knock him out, and concussions are terrible, for older athletes especially.
However, Hall, 33, could be a reasonable fight. Hall lost three in a row to top talent, but most recently came back with a Performance of the Night winning TKO of Krzysztof Jotko at UFC Fight Night 116 in September.
Sam Alvey called out Belfort in August, and The Phenom accepted, but Alvey fights Ramazan Emeev UFC Fight Night 118 on Saturday. Hall is a better, more intriguing fight still.