The MMA Legend Vitor Belfort had earlier stated on Instagram that he would ‘end this chapter’ referring to his career. However, now it appears as if the Phenom has changed his retirement plans and wants to come back to the Octagon one more time.
The Brazilian went online, in an Instagram post to announce his retirement as he had stated-
“I decided that I will end this chapter of my life looking at the mirror and recognising myself.”
Quem no conhecesse os seus erros no digno de liderar a si mesmo, quanto mais as pessoas que o cercam. Reconheo que no sou perfeito, sou somente HUMANO , um SER HUMANO. O poeta j escreveu : " - que o amor seja eterno enquanto dure." Esse um belssimo trecho de um poema. Porm eu o considero ingnuo. Com todo carinho e respeito ao poeta, peo permisso para reescrev-lo da seguinte maneira: " - QUE O AMOR SEJA ETERNO ENQUANTO SEJA CULTIVADO." Confesso que preciso cultivar meu desejo pela competio dentro do octgono. Sei que tenho que zelar por aquela chama que sempre ardeu em mim. Tendo conhecimento pleno disso: " - DECIDI QUE CUSTE O QUE CUSTAR VOU REACENDER MAIS UMA VEZ ESSA CHAMA." Muito obrigado pelo carinho e apoio. Vou finalizar esse captulo na minha vida, olhando no espelho e reconhecendo a mim mesmo. Who does not recognize your own mistakes it is not worthy to lead yourself, even less the people around him. I recognize that I am far from perfect, I am only human; a human being. Once a poet in Brazil wrote: " - may love be eternal while it lasts. It is a beautiful fragment of a poem, but a truly consider it naive. If I may and with all do respect, I would re write it like this: " - may love be eternal while we nurture it." I confess that I need to nurture my competitive will inside the Octagon. I must cherish that fire inside of me again. Having recognized that to myself; I DECIDED TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BURN THAT FLAME AGAIN! Thanks a lot for all the support and advices. But I decided that I will end this chapter of my life looking at the mirror and recognizing myself. @mundoboxing
Many fans and websites interpreted this to be his retirement as he was on a two-fight losing streak, but everyone was wrong. The news was later clarified by Mmajunkie.com when they had contacted Belfort.
The Phenom denied his retirement claims- “I’m not retired” and further went on to say-
“I want to fight again soon. I am driven to get back on my feet and honor the nickname I so proudly carry. ‘The Phenom’ is back.”
He expressed his disappointment as he continued-
“I am not pleased with my two last performances and changes are being made. I don’t want to end my career the way it is right now. I want to look at the mirror and recognize myself as a the fighter I always have been. I have 20 years in this sport, and I intend to honor that legacy.”
Belfort was referring to his losing streak with his latest knockout loss to veteran Gegard Mousasi at UFC 204. Prior to this, he had suffered another devastating TKO loss to former Strikeforce champion Jacare Souza at UFC 198.
But before tables were turned in the wrong direction in his career, he had scored a knockout victory over MMA legend Dan Henderson thus sealing the trilogy between the two of them.
After dropping down to middleweight division he secured three impressive wins in 2013 over former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, current middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson.
This impressive streak earned him a shot at then-champion Chris Weidman, thus attempting to be a third two-divisional UFC champion but was finished by the American in round one. Without a doubt, the fans are happy to hear that The Phenom isn't going to hang up his boots and gloves but can he resurrect his past glory?