Controversial MMA legend Vitor Belfort was supposedly set to retire following his decision win over fellow veteran Nate Marquardt at June’s UFC 212 from Brazil, but apparently, ‘The Phenom’ isn’t hanging up his gloves just yet.
The former UFC champion took to Instagram this morning (Thurs., October 19, 2017) to reveal that he’s supposedly signed a bout agreement to face explosive striker Uriah Hall at a yet-to-be-named UFC card on January 14, 2018.
Check it out:
I just signed my bout agreement for January 14th at UFC. I always looked for big challenges and in my last UFC fight it couldn’t be different… @uriahhall it’s a honor to share the cage with a such young and talented fighter. Thanks for accepting the fight!
Undoubtedly one of the greatest knockout artists in UFC history, the 40-year-old Belfort has garnered a lackluster 1-2(1) record in his last four bouts after his TKO loss to Kelvin Gastelum last March was changed to a no contest when Gastelum tested positive for marijuana metabolites.
All told, he’s lost three of his last four and four of his last six, with his only wins coming against fading stars in Dan Henderson and Marquardt. He’ll face a clearly difficult challenge in the flashy Hall, who recently rebounded from a three-fight losing streak of his own by defeating Krzysztof Jotko in a rousing comeback at September 16’s UFC Fight Night 116.
Both fighters still have the knockout power to end a fight with any shot despite their recent struggles, so this fight could produce some of the fireworks we’ve grown accustomed to witnessing in bouts involving “The Phenom.” Yet while it’s never up to the media or fans to decide when a fighter should hang up his or her gloves, it’s also fair to wonder if Belfort is playing with fire against the dangerous Hall.
What do you think?