More recently, it’s become clear that Vitor Belfort plans to continue fighting after UFC 212 after all, and one of the men he’s interested in fighting is yup, Chuck Liddell.
After Kelvin Gastelum finished Belfort back in March, “The Phenom” said his next bout would be his last. But, after training at the renowned Tristar gym in Montreal, Belfort’s reported that he doesn’t want to hang up the gloves quite yet.
“Liddell is very interesting, not just for me but for the fans,” Belfort said. “I think about the legend league, I think the UFC should do it and I think that would be a good start. Chuck is a legend, we fought in the past. I think I won that fight but they gave it to him. Back in the days he was managed by the owners of the UFC and Dana. Today is totally different.”
There you have it. Now could this bout actually happen? Don’t bet on it. At least, don’t bet on it happening under the UFC banner.
Although there’s been talk / speculation that Liddell might be eyeing a comeback, “The Iceman” is 47 year’s old, and he closed out his career with three consecutive, stoppage losses. So, while anything’s possible, it’s hard to imagine the UFC going in this direction. Now Bellator, however, they might be more inclined to book this type of match-up (since this is the organization that had Ken Shamrock fight Royce Gracie last year).
Liddell and Belfort fought way back in 2002, and the latter lost the memorable fight via decision.