Vitor Belfort is ready to fight Nate Marquardt again, even if it is outside his home country of Brazil.
After two consecutive defeats and a no contest verdict, Vitor Belfort picked up his first win early this month at UFC 212 against Nate Marquardt. The 40-year-old “Phenom” scored a unanimous decision victory in front of his home crowd, somehow proving that his retirement plans can be put on hold, for now.
After the fight, Marquardt expressed his “surprise and shock” when Belfort was handed the decision win. For him, the fight being held in Rio de Janeiro played a huge role, since he was expecting for it to take place in Singapore, which was originally planned.
“That was part of the thing, when he said that it would be his retirement fight, we were originally supposed to fight in Singapore [at UFC Fight Night 111 in June] and I thought that was great, kinda neutral territory. But then they moved it to Rio, and it was kind of like a last minute thing, we were already like five weeks out and they basically said that that’s where the fight was going to be, and I had to do it anyways,” Marquardt told MMA Fighting, stating a rematch should take place somewhere in the United States.
It did not take long for Belfort to respond via an Instagram post, where he said he was willing to face Marquardt again, while also heeding the calls for a fight in “neutral territory.”
I respect @natemarquardt a lot but finding excuses for a loss it is not right. I won the fight for sure and fighting in Brazil doesn’t make a difference for the organization and the judges. As far as I’m concerned UFC is a international organization that has events and staff all over the world. But if you want to do it again. I am down for it!! Let’s fight in a neutral ground, so you can’t complain about hometown advantage. I will make sure that the fight will not go to the last round! Let’s do it!!