Belfort Changes Mind On Retirement And Leaving The UFC

This Saturday may not be Vitor Belfort’s last fight in the UFC.

At UFC 212, Belfort will fight Nate Marquardt. This will be the last fight on Belfort’s UFC contract.

At first, this seemed to be Belfort’s retirement fight. However, the former champion later said he was open to fighting in other promotions. Now, Belfort is saying he may want to re-sign with the world’s premiere MMA organization.

“I’ll be OK if this is my last fight, but it feels more like a new beginning,” Belfort told ESPN.

“I was feeling burned out before, but I made some changes. At Tristar, I was living in a little apartment with a small kitchen and nothing else. I was away from my family. It reminded me of the sacrifices of this sport, and it’s been a fantastic choice.

“I feel this can be the beginning of more fights in the UFC.”

Belfort has not won in his last three UFC fights. In his last fight, he lost to Kelvin Gastelum by TKO. However, that fight was later ruled a no contest after Gastelum tested positive for marijuana use. In his previous two fights, Belfort lost by TKO to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Gegard Mousasi.

Belfort’s last UFC win came in Nov. 2015 when he knocked out Dan Henderson.