But, in a recent interview, the Brazilian star has confirmed that indeed, he will hang up the gloves following UFC Fight Night 124.
This upcoming fight with Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night St. Louis of January 14 seems to be this final time fight fans will see Vitor Belfort in the UFC Octagon. In the preceding months, Belfort has made various comments about moving on from the UFC, or fighting fellow veterans, as well as starting new chapters in his life. The 40-year-old Brazilian had not gone the distance in nearly a decade, and 21 of his wins have come by finish (18 knockouts and three submissions). "We got to know the time to start and I think we need to know the time to end and it's about time". I pretty much cried every night. Sometimes I flash back and say, 'Wow, I'm still doing this. While it seemed nearly certain this would be the final fight of his career, Belfort did state that he would reconsider the retirement route, though it would take him earning at least $10 million to do so. Belfort, now 40 years old, is ready to walk away from the sport that he has been competing in for over 20 years. That was my journey, I accomplished a lot of great things, and I want to do other great things. "I'm about to start on my second journey of life and I'm happy". Might he change his mind?
At this time, there still has been no reason given as to why Hall missed the weigh-in on Saturday. It is easy to see where and why this camp has been so rough for Hall.
Sunday's card will be hosted by the Scottrade Center.