‘The Phenom’ is regarded as an MMA legend for his action-centered, knockout-filled resume of fighting the best, and indeed he boasts a heavyweight tournament title and the UFC light heavyweight championship amongst his accolades. But his light heavyweight title win over fellow legend Randy Couture at UFC 46 was a bit of a joke, as a piece of Belfort’s glove grazed Couture and opened up a cut that forced the cageside doctor to call off the bout.
He lost the title back to Couture in his very next fight, and while Belfort did revive his career in a big way with three insane head kick knockouts over Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, and Dan Henderson to earn a shot at the UFC middleweight title, it was all clouded by his very public use of the testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT), something that only became more obvious when he returned a shell of his once-dominant self after TRT was banned.
He’s still fighting, but Belfort has lost three of his last four fights (although his TKO loss to Kelvin Gastelum was changed to a no contest after Gastelum foolishly failed a drug test for THC). “The Phenom” will be remembered for producing some of the best highlight reels finishes in the UFC, but as a champion, he never maintained any consistency.