Whether Vitor Belfort wins or loses at UFC 187 on Saturday night, it won’t change the fact that “The Phenom” has had a ridiculously successful and memorable career. Even TRT haters would be hard pressed to argue this point.

After all, we are talking about a guy who made his pro debut back in 1996, and since then, Belfort’s won the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Championship and the UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship. Belfort has also defeated the likes of Matt Lindland, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold along the way, and at 38, he’s about to challenge for the UFC’s middleweight title. Now if that’s not impressive what is?

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Of course, most people believe Belfort’s latest title shot run is not going to end up happily for the Brazilian star, since the champ Chris Weidman is widely considered to be one of the sport’s very best.

Well, Belfort recently reflected on his career  and the growth of MMA in his native Brazil, and here is some of what he had to say (via MMA Fighting.com):

“I’m really happy with all that,” Belfort said. “I believe I’ve worked really hard for my sport to be recognized in Brazil, and seeing all this success makes me feel that part of my job was completed. We still have to get better in other areas but the evolution of the sport is really surprising. I know I still have a lot to do and will continue to fight for the sport inside and outside the Octagon.

“On May 23, l will leave the Octagon with my third UFC world title in a third different weight class.”

That would truly be something. But will it happen?

UFC 187 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The card will also feature Daniel Cormier facing Anthony Johnson for the vacant, light-heavyweight title.