Following recent reports that Vitor Belfort injured his knee, shortly into his camp for UFC 224, “The Phenom’s” explained why he didn’t pull out of his scrap with Lyoto Machida.
Belfort battled Machida on Saturday night, and had his retirement bout ruined, by a vicious front kick in round two. Since then it was reported that Belfort injured his knee during the first week of his camp for the bout, and that multiple doctors recommended he drop out of the contest.
Well, more recently, the Brazilian star shared out the comments below, as to why he elected to face “The Dragon”:
With the intention to be as honest as I can be with my fans and specially with my opponent, I will go straight to the point. The injured that happened with me during the training camp somehow made the news. My team nor I had mentioned before, during or after the fight. Winning or losing, fighting injured or not; it is part of an athlete’s life. I’m not the first one nor will be the last one athlete to fight injured. Even though all the limitations imposed to me because of the injured I suffered. It is my decision to step into the octagon or not. And I decided to do it! I did not want to miss the chance to have my last fight at the UFC; in my country, my hometown and with a such respected opponent. I gave my best on the fight and my opponent was the better man that night. And this is what counts! Nothing that happened with me during the training camp takes anything away from his victory. Of course wasn’t the outcome I wished for. Not because of the defeat, because we can’t control the outcome. What bothers me is knowing that I performed bellow of what I know that I can. I literally grew up in the cage, I was wrought to be a fighter, to leave it all in the cage… and this teachings I brought to all the aspects of my life. Dedicated every minute, every second doing the best you can in whatever you’re committed to. To the ones genuinely concerned with me, I will tell you this: I feel like an injured Lion. To the haters and envious, I will tell you this: I might be injured, BUT I’M STILL A LION! See you all very soon…
Belfort was originally supposed to have his retirement bout in January, against Uriah Hall, but the latter ran into medical issues while cutting weight and the fight was cancelled.