Vitor Belfort made his UFC debut back in 1997 at the young age of 19. Now, 20 years later, the 40 year old has decided his fight on Sunday January 14th against Urijah Hall will be his last.
It’s been a rough couple of years for Vitor as the legend went 2-3-1 since 2015. But what probably stings more than a couple of losses in the cage is the loss in revenue he suffered when the UFC brought Reebok in and banned in-cage sponsors. Belfort often looked more like a Nascar driver than a fighter, and his wife went on the record complaining that they were losing millions due to the change.
Then there’s the loss of prestige. The UFC didn’t just book Belfort for a random Fight Night card on Sunday in Missouri, they stuck him halfway down the card. He’s not even the main event! We imagine that probably has a part to play in it all, but Belfort kept things professional and attributed his retirement to old age.