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Vitor Belfort calls out CM Punk for retirement fight

Vitor Belfort calls out CM Punk for retirement fight

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

Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort suffered his third-straight TKO loss this past weekend in Brazil at the hands of surging division contender Kelvin Gastelum.

With that said, “The Phenom” knows that it is almost time to call it a career but he would first like to finish his career on a winning note.

Belfort, who has already stated that his next fight will be his last, spoke to AG Fight about what type of opponent he would like to face in his swan song (transcribed by MMAMania).

“It would have to be an interesting fighter, but not a top fighter”, Belfort stated. “I’ve been fighting good guys before: Dan Henderson, [Chris] Weidman, Jacare [Souza], [Gegard] Mousasi and now Kelvin [Gastelum]. These are all hard fights, so if you can book a smoother fight… What’s the name of that guy from WWE? CM Punk would be a good fight”, Belfort laughed. “CM Punk, let’s get it on. That would be a really good fight.”

Obviously Belfort was probably not being serious with his call-out of the former WWE Champion (CM Punk), who is currently 0-1 in his mixed martial arts career.

However, one thing “The Phenom” was not joking about was his desire to have his final UFC bout take place at UFC 212 this June in Brazil in the promotions light heavyweight division (205-pounds) which he once ruled as champion.

Belfort captured the UFC’s coveted light heavyweight championship at UFC 46 in January of 2014 when he defeated Randy Couture via TKO in the very first-round.

Vitor Belfort’s latest win came over fellow MMA legend Dan Henderson in November of 2015 via an electrifying head kick knockout.

The Brazilian has gone 1-4 in his past five fights overall.

Who would you like to see Vitor Belfort square off with in his final octagon appearance?

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?

Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson 3 headlines UFC Fight Night 77‏

Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson 3 headlines UFC Fight Night 77‏

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

 

 

 

 

A middleweight bout between Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort will headline November’s UFC Fight Night 77 event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

UFC President Dana White announced the news at the UFC 190 post-fight press conference last week.

The fight will mark the third time that “Hendo” and “The Phenom” have squared off, with Henderson winning the pairs first encounter at PRIDE 32 via decision and then Belfort winning the second meeting via first-round KO in 2013.

Vitor Belfort (24-11 MMA) will return to action for the first time since his title loss to UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at May’s UFC 187 event. Prior to the setback, “The Phenom” had put together a three-fight win streak, with all three victories coming by way of head-kick knockouts.

Meanwhile, Dan Henderson (31-13 MMA) is coming off a first-round knockout victory over Tim Boetsch, which occurred at June’s UFC Fight Night 68 event. Prior to the win, “Hendo” had suffered back-to-back stoppage losses to Daniel Cormier and Gegard Mousasi respectively.

UFC Fight Night 77 takes place November 7 live from Sao Paulo, Brazil. A venue for the event has yet to be announced.

Who do you have winning this trilogy bout?

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Weidman: ‘I want to retire as the Greatest Of All Time’‏

Weidman: ‘I want to retire as the Greatest Of All Time’‏

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

 

 

 

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has gone a perfect 12-0 so far in his professional mixed martial arts career, which includes two victories over the man many consider to be the greatest MMA fighter of all-time, Anderson Silva.

With that said, the “All American” still has some lofty goals for the future, including retiring with an undefeated record and being known as “the greatest of all time.”

In order to accomplish his goals, Weidman will have to defeat former UFC champion Vitor Belfort at this weekend’s UFC 187 event in Las Vegas. Here is what the champ had to say about his upcoming title defense and future aspirations in the sport of MMA:

“I’m here to hold the belt, I’m here to create a legacy for myself and become the greatest of all-time,” Weidman told MMAjunkie. “I’m here to retire undefeated. I have goals and no one is stopping them. People are starting to catch on and if you haven’t caught on yet you will on Saturday.”

Do you think Weidman has the potential to be the “greatest MMA fighter of all-time,” or do you think the “All American” will fall to Vitor Belfort this Saturday night in Sin City?