Jon Jones Issues Heartfelt Retirement Message To His Old Rival Vitor Belfort

Mixed martial arts legend Vitor Belfort laid his gloves in the center of the octagon over the weekend. Now fellow former UFC champion Jon Jones has come forward with a message for the Brazil native.

Belfort faced off against Lyoto Machida on the live pay-per-view main card of UFC 224 on Saturday, May 12, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the end, the fighter suffered a brutal front kick knockout loss to Machida. Belfort announce his retirement from the sport shortly after.

Taking to Instagram, Jon Jones has now decided to offer a heartfelt message to Belfort concerning his retirement. The former UFC light heavyweight champion also wants to face off against “The Phenom” in a grappling match.

Jones and Belfort first faced off back at UFC 152. Belfort managed to extend Jones’ arm in a nasty armbar attempt, but ultimately lost the submission. In the end, Jones earned a fourth round submission victory over his opponent.

Taking to Instagram, Jones stated:

“Enjoy your retirement brother, you deserve it. Thank you for the magnificent fight, learned a lot about myself that night. Nothing but respect for you @VitorBelfort
Ps I know my arm would have been a nice little trophy for you, maybe we can run it back sometime in the future. Charity jujitsu match or something”

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