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Vitor Belfort: “I’m not retired. ‘The Phenom’ is back!”

Vitor Belfort: “I’m not retired. ‘The Phenom’ is back!”

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Yesterday afternoon it was reported that mixed martial arts legend Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort was hanging up his gloves and retiring from the fight game.

Belfort had taken to Instagram and posted the following photo which included the statement “I decided that I will end this chapter of my life looking at the mirror and recognizing myself.”

However, when reached by MMAJunkie, Belfort stated that his Instagram post was not what it seemed and proclaimed the following:

“I’m not retired,”
Belfort said emphatically. “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 continued:

“I am not pleased with my two last performances and changes are being made,” Belfort said. “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.”

The 39-year-old former UFC champion has suffered back-to-back TKO losses in his past two octagon appearances at the hands of Jacare Souza and most recently Gegard Mousasi.

Prior to those setbacks, Vitor had scored a head kick knockout victory over fellow mixed martial arts legend Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 77 in November of 2015.

Vitor Hendo

Who would you like to see “The Phenom” fight in his next octagon appearance?

Conor McGregor on UFC 205 post-fight announcement “Don’t blink. It’s going to be big!”

Conor McGregor on UFC 205 post-fight announcement “Don’t blink. It’s going to be big!”

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has confirmed that he will be making a major announcement following his UFC 205 lightweight title fight with Eddie Alvarez this November in New York.

McGregor has remained tight-lipped about the announcement and recently told MMAJunkie that he will not be spilling the beans until his business with Eddie Alvarez is finished on November 12:

“Buy the pay-per-view and stay tuned,” McGregor told MMAjunkie. “Don’t blink. It’s going to be big.”

UFC president Dana White also recently commented about McGregor’s mystery announcement telling the following to WFAN’s “Outside The Cage” podcast.

“There are… how can I say this? There are other circumstances involved in this that will be played out after the fight,” White stated. “It’s something completely out of left field but it’s Conor’s business, it’s not mine, and I’ll let Conor announce it when he’s ready to.”

Conor McGregor was most recently seen in action in the headliner of August’s UFC 202 event in Las Vegas. “Mystic Mac” squared off with rival Nate Diaz for a second time that evening in Sin City and after a thrilling five-round war was awarded a majority decision victory from the judges.

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor

The brash Irish superstar has gone 8-1 while fighting under the UFC banner, scoring finishes in six of those eight victories.

Conor’s UFC 205 opponent, UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, is currently riding a three-fight win streak. Alvarez’s latest effort saw him dethrone former UFC lightweight kingpin Rafael dos Anjos this past July in Las Vegas.

Prior to the title-earning victory over “RDA”, Alvarez had picked up back-to-back split decision victories over Gilbert Melendez and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis respectively.

UFC 205 takes place November 12 live from Madison Square Garden in New York.

The historic event features three title fights and a six-bout main card.

What do you think Conor McGregor’s major announcement will be following his UFC 205 lightweight title fight with Eddie Alvarez?

Conor McGregor: “I don’t think Eddie Alvarez poses any threat”

Conor McGregor: “I don’t think Eddie Alvarez poses any threat”

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has always been one to speak his mind.

The brash Irishman, who will challenge Eddie Alvarez for the UFC’s lightweight title on November 12 in New York, recently did a Fan Q&A with the LAD Bible where he gave his take on Alvarez as an opponent.

“You know, I don’t think he poses any threat. He’s tough,” McGregor admitted. “He’s a tough kid. He’s got some good fights under his belt. Good experience. I’m expecting him to come in and fight with his heart. But I don’t see it going well for him. You know he will be unconscious.”

Conor further elaborated on why he believes Eddie Alvarez will be an “easy” opponent.

“This time we’ve gone back to 5-foot-7 stalky stuffed wrestlers with mediocre boxing. That’s the opponent I’m going up against. We’ve got solid boxers (for this camp), we’ve got solid wrestlers. That is a body type (Eddie’s) that is very easily found. I’ve been facing this opponent, this new opponent this body type, these attacks, I’ve been facing that style my whole life. It’s like a… It’s easy really. It’s a lot better for me. It’s handy. I don’t have to go out and source these taller, bigger. They’ve got to be southpaws also and react certain ways. There’s a million opponents and training partners that replicate this next opponents style.”

Conor McGregor was last seen in action at August’s UFC 202 event where he scored a majority decision victory over rival Nate Diaz in a bout that was deemed “fight of the night” and a possible “fight of the year” candidate.

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The Irish superstar has gone 8-1 in his UFC career, scoring finishes in six of those eight wins.

Meanwhile, Eddie Alarez captured the UFC lightweight title by scoring a first-round knockout victory over Rafael dos Anjos this past July in Las Vegas.

Prior to that, Alvarez had scored split-decision victories over Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez respectively.

Who do you think will emerge victorious in the main event of UFC 205, McGregor or Alvarez?

Jose Aldo: “If I continue in the sport, I want to see money!”

Jose Aldo: “If I continue in the sport, I want to see money!”

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Current UFC interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo will meet with UFC president Dana White next week to discuss his fighting future.

The Brazilian standout recently requested his release from the promotion and went as far as to say that he would be willing to take a dive in his next fight if the UFC did not grant him his wish.

Aldo’s unhappiness spawned after he caught wind of the recently announced lightweight title fight between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor which will take place at UFC 205 in New York on November 12.

Aldo was particularly upset with the fact that the UFC was not making Conor relinquish his featherweight title, something the promotion had told Jose he would have to do in order to challenge Anthony Pettis to a super-fight just a couple of years ago.

In a recent interview with MMAFighting, Aldo made it clear that it is time for the UFC to show him the money! His words.

“If I continue in the sport, I make it clear that I want to see money,” Aldo said, per MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz. “That’s what it’s about. You can’t be a correct fighter. The right is wrong today. You don’t have to be the good guy and do what they want, that’s considered wrong today. The right is to spit at someone’s face, do cocaine or smoke weed, throw water at others, call people names, don’t show up at press conferences. That’s the right today, and that’s what Brazilian athletes have to do.”

Aldo was most recently seen in action at July’s blockbuster UFC 200 event where he scored a unanimous decision victory over former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, capturing the UFC’s interim featherweight title in the process.

ufc featherweight interim title fight

Aldo went on to explain why a fight with former lightweight title holder Anthony Pettis may be the only one to bring him back at this point.

“What means is money in the pocket, and that’s what I’m thinking about,” Aldo said. “That’s why I said ‘f*ck Holloway,’ who won eight in a row. Some people win 10, 15, and don’t fight for the belt. So, who is he to say anything? So I wanted Pettis because that would be a way bigger fight. Everybody wanted to watch this fight when we were supposed to fight in Brazil. You have to think about money first, it’s business these days. First the pocket, then something else.”

Pettis recently made his featherweight debut at UFC on FOX 21 in Vancouver, where he scored a submission victory over Charles Oliveira.

Jose Aldo will meet with UFC officials this Wednesday so stay tuned to BJPENN.com for further updates as they develop.