Belfort says he’ll retire after Saturday fight
UFC legend Vitor Belfort appeared recently on UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton and Matt Serra, ahead of his fight vs. Uriah Hall in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 124: Stephens vs. Choi on January 14, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. ‘The Phenom’ said it would his final fight.
“This is it breaking news. I think life is about seasons. That’s what I like. Brazil, even in Florida, I wish we had seasons, summer, winter, spring. Life is about seasons and you’ve got to know the seasons. I think I did more than enough. Just to think back, sometimes I flash back and I say wow I’m still doing this. This is crazy. I’m very thankful but I think my body needs to rest. I have a business of my own, I developed a group class training system that we’re going to franchise. I just want to help the sport in a way.
“I think we’ve got to know the time to start and we’ve got to know the time to end. It’s about time.”
Belfort did reference retirement before his last fight, vs. Marquardt, and of course is fighting again. But if this is it, the future UFC Hall of Famer leaves an incredible legacy.
Now 40, Belfort has been fighting professionally at the highest levels for over half his life. He could have retired a decade ago with an incredible career – UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC heavyweight tournament winner, with monster career wins including Randy Couture and Wanderlei Silva.
Belfort’s UFC contract reportedly ends after this fight, and he has frequently spoken of a legends league, where old fighters can still wow the fans. The UFC has not indicated interest in the idea, but Bellator MMA has embraced the concept with enthusiasm, putting Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie and Kimbo Slice vs. Some Guy, so a move to another organization would not be unexpected.