WOW. What a career that was. Forty years ago Vitor Vierra Blefort (25-14) was born in Rio de Janeiro and studied jiu-jitsu with Carlson Gracie. He fought his way to be one of the greatest ever Brazilian mixed martial artists. In his accolade of achievements he is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion as well as the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Champion. He holds notable victories over world champions Luke Rockhold, Michael Bisping, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Randy Couture, and Wanderlei Silva, as well as Matt Lindland and Anthony Johnson.
As of May 16, 2016, he is the #9 contender in official UFC middleweight rankings and is scheduled in June to have his 40th professional fight. This is his last fight. Belfort is expected to face Nate Marquardt (35–17–2) on June 3, 3017 at UFC 212. Nate is just 2 years younger and he is still ranked #9 among the active UFC fighters for number of knockdowns landed – 11. On the other hand Vitor also scored 11 careers KOs. So we can expect the fireworks.
At 40 years of age “The Phenom” is not anymore the force he once was. In his last 3 fights he suffered 3 TKOs and I am not sure we should carry on seeing Vitor being knocked out in every fight. If we do not count 2 wins over Dan Henderson (32-15) who was older and slower than Vitor at the time, “The Phenom’s” last win was 4 years ago when he spectacularly KO-ed Luke Rockhold (15-3).
It is shame we will never see Rockhold having a chance to get his revenge. Perhaps, after all Rockhold does not deserve that fight. That was a great leg kick and should be re watched in highlight reels in years to come.
It seems it is time to hang the glows. Vitor was great fighter and we will all miss him.
For now, let us enjoy the Phenom’s last battle.