Belfort Wants Purse From Cancelled Hall Fight
Following Uriah Hall ending up hospitalized for issues involving his weight cut, his opponent, Vitor Belfort told the UFC to pay him his fight purse for UFC St. Louis.
UFC President Dana White claims its not that easy.
White said on the FS1 post-fight show that Belfort was offered a replacement opponent for Sunday’s card after Uriah Hall dropped out and Belfort turned it down. White said the UFC also found Belfort an opponent for this week’s UFC 220, but turned that down as well.
“This thing went down, we worked quickly and we got Vitor a fight,” White said.
“He could have fought tonight, he chose not to. We got him a fight in Boston. He chose not to fight in Boston. He chose not to fight then. I don’t know who the opponents were, but they told him we got him two fights.”
Hall, the man slated to be Belfort’s final opponent, withdrew before he was able to weigh-in Saturday. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported that Hall had a seizure due to what is regarded as a bad weight cut and he was hospitalized until Sunday evening.
White said he did not know the opponents offered to Belfort, but the Brazilian fighter apparently wants a fight with Michael Bisping in London on March 17. Bisping told Helwani on Sunday that he has no interest in fighting Belfort.
“When I get back to Vegas and get back in the office, I will obviously talk to Vitor, I’ll talk to Mike,” White said. “We’ll see what happens.”
In an Instagram post Sunday, Belfort asked the UFC to pay him for UFC St. Louis, because he did all the training and preparation and was able to weigh-in successfully. The fight not going down was not his fault.
”A message to the UFC now,” Belfort wrote,
“I’m waiting for my paycheck. I did what I had to do – trained, was there on fight week, made weight. Where’s the respect?”
It isn’t known if this will be the last time we see the former light heavyweight champion in the promotion, or will he will return for his last appearance inside the Octagon 22 years after his promotional debut.
”It’s hard to understand after all the dedication and sacrifice, preparing mentally to retire from a sport I basically helped create, and that simply doesn’t happen,” Belfort wrote. “I have mixed feelings about what happened.
”My retirement fight didn’t go as I planned, but in my heart I know that somehow down the line everything will make sense.”