Vitor Belfort may have tied Anderson Silva’s UFC record for most stoppages last night, but “The Phenom” says he’s not focused on milestones like that.
Belfort added yet another highlight reel finish to his lengthy resume at UFC FN 77, by blasting Dan Henderson with a head kick, and finishing the fight with punches. Henderson wasn’t happy with the stoppage, and others believe it may have been premature, but officially it’s been recored as a KO win for Belfort.
As a result of scoring his 14th stoppage win, Belfort has tied Silva’s impressive record. When asked to comment on the milestone, and whether he feels it adds to his legacy, however, Belfort relayed this (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“Legacy is not something that you leave for yourself,” the middleweight said. “So for me, when I fight, I don’t try to think to beat records. I just do it because I love it; I’ve been doing it for 20 years. My inspiration and my motivation is beyond that. It’s something personal, so I’m very thankful that god thanked me with god skills, and I evolved and I try to get better every day. It’s simple.”
Now, maybe Belfort isn’t concerned with records like he says. But, you have to think he’s extremely happy that he scored a win last night, considering all the scrutiny he’s undergone due to his TRT use.
Last night’s bout marked the second time Belfort has fought since TRT was banned, and returned him to the win column, after he was stopped by champion Chris Weidman in May.
All this aside, who will the UFC tap to fight Belfort next? Tim Kennedy? Silva?