Since Vitor Belfort has talked about retiring several times before, as well as competing in a ‘legends division’, not everyone was necessarily sure if his bout this Sunday would be his last. But, in a recent interview, the Brazilian star has confirmed that indeed, he will hang up the gloves following UFC Fight Night 124.
Belfort is scheduled to fight Uriah Hall at the January 14th event, which will take place in St. Louis, Missouri. In the preceding months, Belfort has made various comments about moving on from the UFC, or fighting fellow veterans, as well as starting new chapters in his life. So, while the expectation has been that the 40 year-old would retire, there was room to consider that Belfort might not.
“This is my retirement fight, so after this, I’ll put my body to rest”
“Life is about seasons, and I think you’ve got to know the seasons. I think I did more than enough. Sometimes I flash back and say, ‘Wow, I’m still doing this. This is crazy.’ I’m very thankful, but I think my body needs to rest.”
“…I’m still relevant to the sport, but I need to walk away. That was my journey, I accomplished a lot of great things, and I want to do other great things. I’m going to the second journey of life, and I’m happy.”
So, this sounds pretty definitive, although, what it Belfort scores an emphatic KO? Might he change his mind? Or go out on a high note?
It’s going to be interesting to see how Belfort approaches Hall, who is one of the most dangerous strikers in the UFC’s middleweight division. Belfort is coming off a decision win over Nate Marquardt, which snapped a three fight, winless streak.
Speaking of Hall’s striking, the TUF veteran knocked out Krzysztof Jotko in his last bout, which is no easy task.
Sunday’s card will be hosted by the Scottrade Center.