Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort had his first fight in 1996. Nearly seventeen years and thirty-two fights later, Belfort still doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon.
In a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com, the thirty-six year old Brazilian legend talked about his thoughts on fighting and his career.
“I made a plan to go into my 40s, so that’s kind of the plan. So I like to plan things. I believe the more you plan, the more you succeed.”
Belfort made it clear that psychological factors will play a more important role in his decision to retire rather than aging.
“I believe in joy,” Belfort said. “When I step into the octagon and I don’t feel the pleasure and I don’t feel the adrenaline and the purpose, I think it will be time to stop.”
Belfort is expected to fight former Pride and UFC Champion Dan Henderson on November 9th at UFC Fight Night 32. Belfort lost to Henderson back in 2006 via unanimous decision. After that loss, he went on a tear winning nine out of eleven fights, with his only two losses coming from Jon Jones and Anderson Silva. Of those nine wins, they include victories over Matt Lindland, Rich Franklin and Michael Bisping.
Overall, Belfort had a very enthusiastic attitude about his career, stating, “I believe age is something (where) the body can be dying slowly, but I believe your spirit can be renewed. It’s just a matter of attitude and perseverance.”