Belfort vs. Marquardt Targeted for UFC 212
Vitor Belfort has one more fight left on his current UFC deal, and that fight may happen in his home country of Brazil, on June 3, at UFC 212.
It’s being reported that Belfort will compete at the event in a middleweight bout against Nate Marquardt. With this fight being the last on Belfort’s deal, as well as the factor of Belfort’s age, rumors are circulating this may be Belfort’s final bout before calling it a career.
Belfort’s is one of the UFC’s most legendary combatants. Debuting at UFC 12, where he won that event’s UFC heavyweight tournament, Belfort went on to become a UFC light heavyweight champion, while also earning shots at the UFC middleweight title.
Belfort currently holds the UFC records for most knockouts (13) and most first-round finishes (14) in UFC history. He has earned Knockout of the Night honors five times and Performance of the Night honors twice.
Belfort, however, is currently on a three-fight losing streak, most recently losing to Kelvin Gastelum via first-round TKO back in March. This is the first losing streak of three fights or more Belfort is on since 2004-05.
Marquardt, meanwhile, is also coming off of a loss from earlier this year. Back in January, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion lost to Sam Alvey via unanimous decision. He has gone 3-4 since returning to middleweight in 2014.
UFC 212, which takes place from the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, will be headlined by Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway in a featherweight championship unification bout.