Even though his career has been somewhat marred by “TRT” incidents, Vitor Belfort is still a legend. The Brazilian has been a mainstay in the world of MMA for a long time now. While he was once considered the epitome of power punching and explosiveness, in recent times he has been a shadow of himself and his career has been on a downward spiral. Talks about retirement had been circulating and even Belfort has confirmed that he will soon be retiring. However, “The Phenom” has now claimed that he will be retiring after UFC 224 but might return to fight again.
Belfort recently gave an interview to MMA Junkie. In the interview, he claimed that he will indeed retire after UFC 224. Though, he refused to rule out a return to the UFC and revealed that if the right contract offer was on the table then he will surely return. Here’s what he had to say:
The first pain was in my pocket, That’s what hurt the most, not getting anything and having invested so much. And not having finished the thing that I had set out to do. It was frustrating for all of us.
What have we learned from this? So many things, Now all that’s left is looking forward. The fight is here. It’s a great opponent. In a way, things were even better. God was so good to me that they gave me a better opponent. A better location. That’s what life is made of: using the stones in our way to help shape our way.
For sure, It always is. Everything is a blessing in my life. I like saying that we should handle our dirty laundry at home. I really respect the promotion I work for and we’re doing our dirty laundry at home.
It’s what I said: in reality, it will be my final fight and my journey is ending, but nothing that a good contract – what, seven digits? – can’t do in terms of helping us return. I’ll keep training. I love doing this. But there needs to be a meaning. There needs to be a purpose and it needs to be something that makes sense.
If, after this, I can sit own with UFC President Dana White and the new owners – if they have something to offer and they can hear me and we can come to an agreement, it will be great.
You can read the full interview here.