As UFC 212 nears, Vitor Belfort’s future in fighting seemingly gets more confusing by the day…
The Brazilian legend is booked to fight Nate Marquardt this Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, in what everyone thought, would be the last on Belfort’s current, UFC deal. After Belfort was taken out by Kelvin Gastelum in March, he reported his next bout would be his final contest.
But, more recently, it became apparent that Belfort wants to continue to fight after UFC 212. Belfort said he’ll leave the UFC and his manager even reported the veteran is interested in fighting the likes of Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. Hello Bellator right?
Hold the phone. More recently, Belfort spoke with ESPN. After heading north to Montreal’s famous Tristar gym to prepare for UFC 212, ‘The Phenom” reported this:
“I wanted to be a regular guy for this camp,” Belfort said. “I was feeling burned out before, but I made some changes. At Tristar, I was living in a little apartment with a small kitchen and nothing else. I was away from my family. It reminded me of the sacrifices of this sport, and it’s been a fantastic choice.
“I feel this can be the beginning of more fights in the UFC.”
Belfort also reportedly confirmed that this Saturday will mark the last on his current UFC deal. But, according to a new report from MMA Fighting, the outlet, alongside Combate, have confirmed that Belfort has one more fight on his UFC deal, after this weekend.
So, ya. It’s been a confusing few weeks, in terms of Belfort’s future. If the latter wins on Saturday, however, maybe we’ll see the decorated fighter back in the Octagon after all?