After yet another drug scandal-tainted year where he lost his only fight to champion Chris Weidman at May’s UFC 187, longtime UFC fixture Vitor Belfort will step back into the octagon to take on prior rival Dan Henderson for the third time in the main event of Saturday’s (November 7, 2015) UFC Fight Night 77 from Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil.
‘The Phenom’ was supposed to fight Weidman back at UFC 173 in May 2014, but when his beloved testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) was finally banned by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) and the UFC after he failed a drug test for elevated testosterone in February of that year, Belfort was forced to appear in front of the commission and stake his claim why he should have been able to fight for the title.
More issues with Belfort’s testosterone levels came about right before his fight with Weidman, however, and even though that was disturbingly in question yet again, he showed up looking like an absolute shell of himself while showing his age after an early flurry, losing to the champ by way of brutal ground strikes.
If that wasn’t enough the now infamous report from Deadspin’s Josh Gross surfaced detailing an alleged cover-up of another failed drug test for elevated testosterone before his UFC 152 loss to Jon Jones in 2012 further marred his already sullied (and potentially beyond repair) reputation.
He’ll now take on a much easier opponent in Henderson, the 42-year-old legend whom he’s already fought twice, losing a split decision in Pride before failing his first in a long line of drug tests, and then knocking him out with a vicious head kick as part of his insane TRT-fueled run of 2013.
It’s apparent Belfort isn’t the same man of even two years ago, however, and his fights are becoming fraught with more and more controversy it seems. Because of that, it can definitely be argued that it’s time for “The Phenom” to hang up his gloves after his third fight with ‘Hendo.’
Let’s take a look at the reasons why.