MMA News: Vitor Belfort retires?

  • The Brazilian MMA legend finally bids goodbye to an illustrious career
Adithya Pai
Modified 16 Oct 2016, 12:49 IST
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One can’t help but remember Vitor Belfort while the topic of Brazilian MMA comes into discussion. The Legend who the fans and MMA pundits alike saw him grow in the UFC's Octagon has bid 'goodbye' to his career and his fans.

Vitor Belfort shocked the world when he announced his retirement from the sport after a first round knockout loss to veteran Gegard Mousasi. The Phenom had an amazing career that spanned for exactly 20 years. The announcement came via an Instagram post:


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

A photo posted by Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort (@vitorbelfort) on

Belfort was one of the pioneers of the sport and has been involved with the UFC since its inception and later till the company's evolution into the mainstream. He is probably the only UFC fighter who has been working under all three ownership regimes of the company. 

Belfort defeated the MMA Legend Randy Couture to become the UFC Lightheavyweight champion and also won the Cage Rage Lightheavyweight Championship. The fighting instincts inside him were seen since the beginning of his career at the age of 19 when he had his second MMA fight in the old Octagon. 

Young Vitor!

He has also won a bronze medal at the 2001 ADCC submission wrestling world championship.

According to, Belfort has an impressive resume consisting of wins over Luke Rockhold, Michael Bisping, Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson twice.

Belfort never shied away from hardcore battles and has fought Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight title when Silva was at the peak of his career. Also, he came close to beating Jon Jones via an armbar but fell short of victory eventually losing to the stronger American.  


We saw the resurrection of The Phenom in 2013 when he dominated former UFC champion, Luke Rockhold, Michael Bisping and former double Pride Champion Dan Henderson. These three impressive wins within a year secured him the number one spot for Chris Weidman's UFC Middleweight Title, a match he ended up losing.

Belfort confronts the ‘Axe Murderer’ Wanderlei Silva!

He returned the same year with and fought Henderson for the third time, thus ending the trilogy with head kick knockout over the former olympian. 

Belfort will always be remembered for his achievements and courage inside the cage. His skill progression that he has shown as time passed by to adapt to younger and stronger fighters has been nothing short of amazing.

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Published 16 Oct 2016, 12:24 IST
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