Recently Vitor Belfort reported that he doesn’t intend to hang up the gloves, following his final UFC bout on June 3rd, and now “The Phenom’s” manager has made it pretty clear they’re looking over at Bellator…
Belfort is set to fight Nate Marquardt at UFC 212, which will be the final bout of the Brazilian star’s contract with the promotion. A few weeks ago, the belief was that Belfort was going to retire after the event. But, more recently, the 40 year-old fighter has clarified that he wants to keep fighting.
Evidently, Belfort and his camp seem pretty certain that the UFC either isn’t going to be interested in retaining his services at this stage of his career, or that there’s more money to be made elsewhere. As recently Belfort’s manager, Gustavo Lacerda, told the MMA Gandahor podcast this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“What I think it’s possible to imagine is: what does the MMA fan wants?” Lacerda said. “He wants to see Vitor vs. Wanderlei (Silva), wants to see Vitor vs. (Chael) Sonnen. He wants these type of fights. And it’s the type of fights that interests us. Vitor doesn’t need to prove anything regarding to ranking or title. The idea is to have fights that are interesting. Interest the fans, and interest the fighter.”
“I’m particularly crazy to see Vitor vs. Wanderlei,” he added. “It’s a fight I pay to see. There are fights people want to see, and those are the fights that are interesting. Where it will be, and how it will be, I can’t say anything right now. But they might happen.”
Now as you likely know, both Silva and Sonnen are under contract with Bellator. The rivals are fighting at the promotion’s June 24th card in New York City.
So, there’s no doubt that Bellator would love to book Belfort – Silva II. The two fought way back in 1998, and Belfort quickly took out the “Axe Murderer” with a flurry of punches.