Vitor Belfort claims that his only easy fight in the past five years has come against current champ Michael Bisping.
Vitor Belfort hasn’t fought anyone short of a champion or top contender in a long time. To be precise, Belfort’s last 10 opponents, dating back to 2012, are all still currently ranked in the top 10 of their respective divisions, besides Dan Henderson (who retired) and Jon Jones (who’s serving a USADA suspension). The Brazilian certainly hasn’t fought the easiest slate of competition.
According to Belfort, only one of his last 10 appearances has resulted in an easy victory for him. In a recent Instagram post, Belfort declared that to be his 2013 bout with current UFC middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping, which he won via TKO.
I saw the press has released that I asked for an easier fight. That said, let me remind you all my last 10 fights: Anthony Johnson, Jon Jones, Bisping, Rockhold, Henderson, Weidman, Henderson, Jacaré, Mousasi and Gastelum Only big names, champions and rising stars. The only easy fight I had was with the actual FAKE Champion Michael Bisping. Now if you ask me if I would like an easy last fight. If I would like to have an opponent that at least in theory I would knock him down easily… I will confess that would be great! But that would NOT BE ME… Would not live up to my history and the legacy I want to leave for the next generations. When I started in this sport, I was just a young kid, smaller than all my opponents. Nobody took me serious… But I came out knocking people out! Against all the odds became a champion. I know I am not that kid anymore. But I will not hide behind the age, the time that I’ve been fighting, the pains, my hormonal deficiency (believe or not, I have it), or anything else… In life you fight! You have to! And usually the odds are always stacked against you. That is the message I want to leave to my fans, friends, family, to young athletes and specially to my kids… NEVER GIVE UP! If you do have a tiny chance and is your dream you are fighting for: GO FOR IT!!! Does not matter the outcome! The real loser is the one that gave up and never took the chance to try! Davi, Vitoria and Kyara… You are the most precious things in the whole world to me. Your mother and I are raising you as fighters. Not as a sports athletes, but as real life fighters… Chase your dreams, never give up, trust in a few good friends life will give you and above all, if everything for some reason falls apart, trust in God! He will never let you down… Now, whoever they want to give as my last fight… I will take it! Give me younger kids or big names, champions… whatever! Let them come… I may be older, but I still have some tricks in my sleeve. I will be in front of my friends and family. And invite everyone to walk the last mile with me. Guys, I want and need your support! Let’s make this last walk to the Octagon a real celebration. Love you all!!
“Let me remind you all my last 10 fights. Anthony Johnson, Jon Jones, Bisping, Rockhold, Henderson, Weidman, Henderson, Jacaré, Mousasi and Gastelum,” Belfort wrote. “Only big names, champions and rising stars. The only easy fight I had was with the actual FAKE Champion Michael Bisping.”
Belfort’s verbal jab is of course in direct response to Bisping’s recent comments. “The Count” called Belfort a “p-ssy” for wanting to fight former WWE champ CM Punk in his retirement bout.
Whether Belfort was joking about fighting Punk or not when he called him out two weeks ago, “The Phenom” is adamant he doesn’t want to hang the gloves up off an easy win.
“Now if you ask me if I would like an easy last fight, if I would like to have an opponent that at least in theory I would knock him down easily,” Belfort said, “I will confess that would be great! But that would NOT BE ME… Would not live up to my history and the legacy I want to leave for the next generations.”
After his TKO loss to Kelvin Gastelum earlier this month, Belfort stated that he wants to compete for the last time at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s UFC 212 in June in a light heavyweight contest.
Belfort (25-14) has been an active mixed martial artist since 1996 and holds notable victories over Randy Couture, Luke Rockhold, the aforementioned Henderson, “Rumble” Johnson, among others.