Since Vitor Belfort is 39 now, and has dropped two of his last three fights, retirement talk regarding the legend has become a more common thing. Could “The Phenom” be thinking about hanging up the gloves in the not too distant future?
Belfort is preparing to face fellow middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi at UFC 204 this weekend, which will take place in Manchester, England. Belfort will be looking to get back on track, following his quick stoppage loss to “Jacare” Souza in May.
If Belfort wins on Saturday, then he’ll remain in the title shot hunt. But, if the Brazilian star loses, it will be a big setback for Belfort at this stage of the game.
Well, following the open workouts on Wednesday, here is some of what Belfort had to say about his future in fighting (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“People are expecting this for my past seven fights: ‘When are you going to retire?’ I understand the job of you guys (the media) trying to expect what I’m going to do next, but actually, I don’t have a plan,” Belfort said. “My plan is to be here right now and fight this fight and fight the best guys…
“I’m not going to fight into my 50s, so the transition is going to happen naturally and organically,” Belfort added. “Who knows? Maybe UFC comes (out) with the legend division.”
Based off those comments, it certainly doesn’t sound like Belfort intends to retire anytime soon. But, could that change if he incurs a one sided loss at UFC 204?
All that aside, Belfort – Mousasi certainly has the makings on an exciting and fascinating fight.