Belfort Wants Eight Digits To Return
Linda Evangalista once famously stated that she wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day. Vitor Belfort has added his own twist on the famous quote, as he won’t return to the octagon for less than $10 million dollars.
Following a two decade career in MMA, Belfort will make his last walk to the cage against Uriah Hall in UFC St. Louis’ co-main event.
Belfort’s original plan was to retire following UFC 212 clash against Nate Marquardt, but found out days before the event that he still had one bout left in his deal. After this fight, Belfort wants to focus on his growing gym business.
“I will start to open my gym franchises on Monday,” Belfort told Brazilian reporters in an online scrum on Thursday. “I’m investing in my businesses. I think it’s time to rest my body, so I’m focused on the franchises of Belfort Fitness and Lifestyle, not only in the United States but also in Brazil.”
And much like many fighters who walk away, there is always the enticement of a return fight, but Belfort doesn’t plan on it unless they hit that eight figure number.
“$10 million or more, to start the conversation,” Belfort said. “That’s the number. And then we start talking.
“A lot of money. A lot of money. Many millions,” he continued. “Anyway, I will always train and dedicate myself. I have a lot of friends fighting, so I will always be prepared because I love doing this, this is my lifestyle, but it has to be very, very, very interesting because I’m happy with this decision.”
Belfort has been one of the more well respected names in all of MMA, and while he has fought for titles on pay-per-view, and acted as a pioneer of his sport, he doesn’t mind ending his career in St. Louis.
“It’s wonderful,” he said. “There’s no such thing as big or small card for me. When the Octagon closes, it’s the same size, and it’s a joy for me to be there. I don’t like to say goodbye, to do a party for a farewell fight. This is not soccer. It’s not a farewell fight with barbecue and music.
”My friend, this is a fight, you can’t relax and enjoy, say goodbye. This is a very serious sport, so it’s a pleasure for me to be here. It’s a good card, full of champions, beasts, the future of the sport. I’m very happy with everything I’ve accomplished, what I’ve done, and being able to end like this. I’m feeling special.”