The former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort announced his retirement after being knocked out cold by fellow Brazilian Lyoto Machida at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro.
‘The Phenom’ left the MMA career with a 26-14 record but had only tasted victory once in his last five fights.
Recently, Belfort took to social media and teased a return ask fans which legend should he fight:
“If you could choose one of those fights to happen again, which one would you like to see? @wandfc @titoortiz1999 @chuckliddell @mikebisping @danhendo “
In his post, he mentioned five names, of which Wanderlei Silva is the only active fighter, and he’ll be facing Quinton Jackson this September in Bellator MMA. Other two former UFC light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell are retired but coming out to fight each other under the Golden Boy banner sometime this year. Michael Bisping just announced his retirement and Dan Henderson almost retired two years ago.
Belfort made his first UFC debut in 1997 at UFC 12, when he won the heavyweight tournament with wins over Tra Telligman and Scott Ferrozzo.
To remind you, ‘Phenom’ already holds three victories over Henderson and one wins over Bisping and Silva. Vitor lost the showdown by both Liddell and Ortiz during his second UFC run from 2002-2005.
Belfort has amassed many accolades in the octagon, which includes 13 first round finishes in the UFC, five-time winner of Knockout of the Night as well two-time winner of Performance of the Night (POTN).
Do you think Brazilian legend is rethinking his retirement and may see a future in Bellator MMA or Rizin FF?