Vitor Belfort considers taking on legend Fedor Emelianenko, in Russia, after UFC 224.
Vitor Belfort might have some plans for his career after he’s done with the UFC.
As the former light heavyweight champion prepares for his final Octagon fight, ‘The Phenom’ told Combate he wouldn’t rule out taking on another MMA veteran at the end of his career: Fedor Emelianenko.
In fact, as Belfort points out, the pair was already scheduled to meet before, but the fight fell through. This time around, Vitor believes there’s plenty of money involved in the match ir order to make it interesting for him.
“Fedor, that’s a fight that was supposed to happen back in Afflictionm” Belfort said. “I think he was supposed to fight Josh Barnett, who pulled out, and I was supposed to fight Jorge Santiago. So they asked me if I wanted to fight Fedor and I said ‘of course’, but it didn’t happen.”
“Fedor is a legend as well. It would’ve been so cool to fight him, it was a personal challenge. He was in his prime, he had never lost before. People told me I was crazy, but I told them to be cool, I was known for being a crazy dude since I was little. There’s lots of money in Russia now, there won’t be a lack of money to pay for this fight.”
Before he can focus on Fedor, however, Vitor Belfort is scheduled for a middleweight bout against Lyoto Machida at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 12. The card will be headlined by a female bantamweight title fight between the champion, Amanda Nunes, and challenger Raquel Pennington.
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