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Vitor Belfort confirms next fight will be his last: 'My body is not the same anymore'

He came from an era where everyone was on something; Coleman, Kerr, Barnett, Ken Shamrock, Kimo, and pretty much most on the roster in the 90's. He's one of the only ones from that era who's still putting it down.

I think he gets put down unfairly at times, but at the end of the day he's put on some exhilarating fights.

Give em Lombard, Brunson, Hall, Boetsch, or Hendricks. Hopefully he leaves with a W!

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FORTALEZA, Brazil — Vitor Belfort’s MMA career is coming to an end, and he wants to compete in the last fight of his UFC contract in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The UFC is scheduled to return to Belfort’s hometown of Rio on June 3 with UFC 212, and “The Phenom,” who lost to Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC Fight Night 106 in Fortaleza on Saturday night, confirmed at the post-fight press conference that it would be his last fight.

“Yes,” Belfort said when asked if he will retire after his next fight, “unless they create this legends’ division, then we can continue a little longer. But training for five-round fights is too much for the body. I was in great shape, but he connected some good strikes and it was his night.”

“I was well prepared, my team worked hard,” he continued. “It's frustrating because I was well until one moment, I was confident I was going to get the knockout, and it was the opposite. But that’s it. We need to reinvent ourselves. It wasn't the first and it won’t be the last. I mean, I hope it’s the last.”

Twenty years after making his UFC debut, Belfort says his body can’t take it anymore.

“It's time to end this chapter as a professional fighter,” Belfort said. “My body is not the same anymore for training. It’s too much pain. I did more than 14 surgeries. I left everything in the Octagon. I’m sad because I didn’t give the win to my fellow Brazilians, but it happens.”

Belfort said that he had already decided that his next fight would be his last even before facing Gastelum in Fortaleza, and ruled out the idea of rematching Anderson Silva at UFC 212.

“I don’t have any names off the top of my head,” Belfort said. “I just don’t want to fight a Brazilian in Brazil. We have to sit down with the UFC and see which opponent would be an interesting fight. I never turned down fights, always fought the toughest ones in the division, but the last fight has to be special for the fans. Let’s see if that’s possible."

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Hall might be the fight to make if he wants a chance of going out on a win.

Could see hall being cut if he loses.

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Needs to just retire. Can't take a punch anymore, don't want to watch the guy get KOd anymore, it's happened too much already.

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He is one of the sport's legends, and I really wish he retires.

He did a lot, accomplished lots of greatness, and now time to hang those gloves and move on in life!

Thanks Vitor; you always gave us a show.
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Sherdog lists his first professional fight as being in 1996.

He's been at the top of the sport for 21 years.

Hope he gets his spot in the hall of fame.
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I have just the guy in mind for his last fight.... UFC 212/213: Battle of the Dadbods..... Vitor Belfort vs Anderson Silva II.



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Vitor - juice = dud.

I like him, he was one of my early favorite fighters, but there's no denying a lot of what he accomplished was due to the constant juicing.

Sure some of it was in an era when others also did it, but many didn't and certainly not in the later years in his career when he was using the lame TRT loophole to destroy guys like Rockhold and Bisping in Brazil. It was amusing watching him go from world beater to complete dud in between fights held in the US and Brazil.

He's accomplished much and had so much potential with his natural talent, but I cannot admire someone like that. Wish him the best for his retirement though.
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Vitor - juice = dud.

I like him, he was one of my early favorite fighters, but there's no denying a lot of what he accomplished was due to the constant juicing.

Sure some of it was in an era when others also did it, but many didn't and certainly not in the later years in his career when he was using the lame TRT loophole to destroy guys like Rockhold and Bisping in Brazil. It was amusing watching him go from world beater to complete dud in between fights held in the US and Brazil.

He's accomplished much and had so much potential with his natural talent, but I cannot admire someone like that. Wish him the best for his retirement though.
The difference in body between the Vitor that fought Rockhold and the Vitor that fought Gastelum really highlights just how much juicing was part of his game.

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And heres the 5 year difference

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And heres the 5 year difference

Yeah, about to post this... Vitor has totally melted, in body and mind.





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