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Vitor Belfort Says Retirement Talk’s Incorrect, Plans to Bring Back “The Phenom”

Kelsey Mowatt

Vitor Belfort

Recent comments Vitor Belfort made on Instagram may have prompted some folks to think he’s retiring, but the perennial middleweight contender has no intention of hanging up the gloves just yet.

The Brazilian star is coming off a lopsided, stoppage loss to Gegard Mousasi at UFC 204, which followed a quick, TKO defeat to “Jacare” Souza in May. Well, recently the 39 year-old posted the picture and comments below on Instagram, which refers to ending a “chapter of my life”.

Quem não conhecesse os seus erros não é digno de liderar a si mesmo, quanto mais as pessoas que o cercam. Reconheço que não sou perfeito, sou somente HUMANO , um SER HUMANO. O poeta já escreveu : " – que o amor seja eterno enquanto dure." Esse é um belíssimo trecho de um poema. Porém eu o considero ingênuo. Com todo carinho e respeito ao poeta, peço permissão para reescrevê-lo da seguinte maneira: " – QUE O AMOR SEJA ETERNO ENQUANTO SEJA CULTIVADO." Confesso que preciso cultivar meu desejo pela competição dentro do octógono. Sei que tenho que zelar por aquela chama que sempre ardeu em mim. Tendo conhecimento pleno disso: " – DECIDI QUE CUSTE O QUE CUSTAR VOU REACENDER MAIS UMA VEZ ESSA CHAMA." Muito obrigado pelo carinho e apoio. Vou finalizar esse capítulo na minha vida, olhando no espelho e reconhecendo a mim mesmo. Who does not recognize your own mistakes it is not worthy to lead yourself, even less the people around him. I recognize that I am far from perfect, I am only human; a human being. Once a poet in Brazil wrote: " – may love be eternal while it lasts. It is a beautiful fragment of a poem, but a truly consider it naive. If I may and with all do respect, I would re write it like this: " – may love be eternal while we nurture it." I confess that I need to nurture my competitive will inside the Octagon. I must cherish that fire inside of me again. Having recognized that to myself; I DECIDED TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BURN THAT FLAME AGAIN! Thanks a lot for all the support and advices. But I decided that I will end this chapter of my life looking at the mirror and recognizing myself. @mundoboxing

A photo posted by Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort (@vitorbelfort) on

MMA Junkie.com reached out to Belfort just to clarify the fighter’s status, and the noted finisher reported that he’s not retired and that he wants to fight again “soon”. In addition, Belfort said ““I am driven to get back on my feet and honor the nickname I so proudly carry. ‘The Phenom’ is back.”

It will be interesting to see if Belfort can make another run at this stage of his career. Belfort’s been outgunned in three of his last four fights – he was also stopped by Chris Weidman in May, 2015. Following his latest defeat, Belfort dropped from the #5 raking at 185 to #9. So, if by saying he’s “back”, Belfort plans to take out some of the top 185’ers in the division, that’s going to be a tall order no?

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