Following becoming a victim to a Lyoto Machida head kick, former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort announced the end of his career at UFC 224 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“It’s been a long ride, and life is about beginning, middle and end,” Belfort said in his post-fight interview. “I think I’ve come to the end. Congratulations to Machida. I’m leaving my gloves here.”
Heading into his fight with Machida, Belfort claimed that his fight with Machida would be his last fight, but that he would not be retiring. One reason for not actively announcing his retirement, was because of an interest in fighting Fedor Emelianenko, which was due to Belfort claiming there is “lots of money in Russia.”
Since May 2016, Belfort lost four of his past five fights, with his sole win over that stretch being a decision win over Nate Marquardt in 2017.
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