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Belfort Post-UFC Plans Revealed

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It was widely believed that Vitor Belfort would have his final fight vs. Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Having fought professionally at the highest levels of the sport for over 20 years, the retirement is earned several times over.

However, The Phenom has had a change of heart. He wants to keep fighting, but not in the UFC. Belfort’s manager Gustavo Lacerda appeared recently on Brazil’s MMA Ganhador podcast and offered some details.

“Technically and physically, Vitor has full conditions to continue fighting,” said Lacerda, as translated byGuilherme Cruz for MMA Fighting. “Of course, he has the hormonal deficiency everybody knows… But I think he lit up his fire again. We’ll go fight by fight. First, we’ll think about his fight with Nate Marquardt, and then we have more good things ahead.”

“What I think it’s possible to imagine is: what does the MMA fan want? He wants to see Vitor vs. Wanderlei, wants to see Vitor vs. Sonnen. He wants these type of fights. And it’s the type of fights that interests us. Vitor doesn’t need to prove anything regarding ranking or title. The idea is to have fights that are interesting. Interest the fans, and interest the fighter.”

“I’m particularly crazy to see Vitor vs. Wanderlei. It’s a fight I pay to see. There are fights people want to see, and those are the fights that are interesting. Where it will be, and how it will be, I can’t say anything right now. But they might happen.”

Sonnen and Silva of course fight for Bellator now, and the manager said promotions had reached out regarding Belfort’s free agency. Although he didn’t name the promotions, one of them is apparently Bellator. Belfort had publicly suggested the UFC start a legends league. The concept does not fit the UFC’s business model, but Bellator has enjoyed success with an informal legends league with the likes of Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock. Belfort would be a successful mix.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.