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So Vitor Belfort’s Willing to Run it Back With Nate Marquardt on “Neutral Ground”

Kelsey Mowatt

Vitor Belfort

Nate Marquardt has argued that his recent loss to Vitor Belfort was due to the latter’s hometown advantage, and now”The Phenom’s” offered to run it back in neutral territory.

Marquardt and Belfort squared off at UFC 212 earlier this month, which went down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After 15 minutes of action, the Brazilian star was awarded a unanimous decision win over Marquardt. The scores were 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.

Since then, Marquardt has reported he believes he won each round, and that the crowd’s cheering for Belfort, impacted the judges’ scoring.

Well, clearly Marquardt’s comments got back to Belfort, as recently the middleweight posted the comments below on Instagram:

I respect @natemarquardt a lot but finding excuses for a loss it is not right. I won the fight for sure and fighting in Brazil doesn't make a difference for the organization and the judges. As far as I'm concerned UFC is a international organization that has events and staff all over the world. But if you want to do it again. I am down for it!! Let's fight in a neutral ground, so you can't complain about hometown advantage. I will make sure that the fight will not go to the last round! Let's do it!! Respeito muito o @natemarquardt mas ficar procurando desculpa para uma derrota não é legal. Eu venci a luta com certeza e lutar no Brasil ou em outro qualquer lugar do mundo não faz diferença para a organização ou para os juízes. Pq até onde eu saiba o UFC é uma organização internacional que promove eventos em vários países e também tem uma equipe espalhada por todos continentes. Mas se vc quer lutar outra vez, por mim tudo bem! Eu topo! Vamos lutar em campo neutro, aí vc não vai poder reclamar de lutar no país de ninguém. Na próxima vou garantir q a luta não vá para as mãos dos juízes. Vamos lutar!!

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Now, would the UFC be interested in booking this rematch? Chances are no. While Belfort – Marquardt was a competitive bout and featured some memorable exchanges, typically the UFC doesn’t book immediate rematches unless the outcome was extremely controversial. Further, there typically needs to be widespread calls for a do over, and it doesn’t really seem like that’s the case here.

All this aside, it will be interesting to see what comes next for Belfort, who in recent weeks went from saying UFC 212 would be his last fight, to, it would be his last bout with the UFC, to, now the legendary fighter wants to keep fighting for the promotion.

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