As Belfort’s bout with Nate Marquardt neared, “The Phenom” announced that he intended to continue fighting after the event. The revelation made headlines, as after Belfort was finished by Kelvin Gastelum in March, the legendary fighter said his next bout would be his last.
But, after heading to Tristar in Montreal to train, Belfort reported he felt reinvigorated. Well, following his tightly contested, decision win over Marquardt on Saturday, Belfort had this to say at the post-fight presser (quote via MMA Fighting):
“We are reinventing Vitor Belfort again,” Belfort said. “So, we are changing a lot of things in the game, a lot of things I was doing wrong. Not rushing, taking my time. We had more power in the third round than the first round. That’s a good thing.”
“…Something stirred in me, so I love to train again, I love to fight again,” Belfort added. “That’s something that’s been away from me for my last three fights, to tell you the truth. I was burned out.”
Belfort has had issues in the past, whereby he would come out guns blazing, but if he was unable to score a quick win things would go south. So, having the noted finisher take his time, and conserve some energy, makes a lot of sense.
But, while Belfort sounds inspired to keep fighting, you could also argue it’s a good time for the 40 year-old to hang up the gloves no? To end his storied career on a winning note? Not many great fighters get to do that.