Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort officially retires after UFC 204 – Testosterone Pros

Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort officially retires after UFC 204

After his loss by TKO with Gegard Mousasi, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort announced he will retire from mixed martial arts.

 

Quem não conhecesse os seus erros não é digno de liderar a si mesmo, quanto mais as pessoas que o cercam. Reconheço que não sou perfeito, sou somente HUMANO , um SER HUMANO. O poeta já escreveu : ” – que o amor seja eterno enquanto dure.” Esse é um belíssimo trecho de um poema. Porém eu o considero ingênuo. Com todo carinho e respeito ao poeta, peço permissão para reescrevê-lo da seguinte maneira: ” – QUE O AMOR SEJA ETERNO ENQUANTO SEJA CULTIVADO.” Confesso que preciso cultivar meu desejo pela competição dentro do octógono. Sei que tenho que zelar por aquela chama que sempre ardeu em mim. Tendo conhecimento pleno disso: ” – DECIDI QUE CUSTE O QUE CUSTAR VOU REACENDER MAIS UMA VEZ ESSA CHAMA.” Muito obrigado pelo carinho e apoio. Vou finalizar esse capítulo na minha vida, olhando no espelho e reconhecendo a mim mesmo. Who does not recognize your own mistakes it is not worthy to lead yourself, even less the people around him. I recognize that I am far from perfect, I am only human; a human being. Once a poet in Brazil wrote: ” – may love be eternal while it lasts. It is a beautiful fragment of a poem, but a truly consider it naive. If I may and with all do respect, I would re write it like this: ” – may love be eternal while we nurture it.” I confess that I need to nurture my competitive will inside the Octagon. I must cherish that fire inside of me again. Having recognized that to myself; I DECIDED TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BURN THAT FLAME AGAIN! Thanks a lot for all the support and advices. But I decided that I will end this chapter of my life looking at the mirror and recognizing myself. @mundoboxing

A photo posted by Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (@vitorbelfort) on

His record was 25-12, highlighted by winning the UFC light heavyweight champion in 2004 and the UFC 12 heavyweight tournament in 1997.  With a very long MMA career, 1997 was his UFC debut at the age of 19, ‘The Phenom’ has made his name through 25 victories, with 18 KO. Belfort’s list of victories included KO over Luke Rockhold, Rich Franklin, Wanderlei Silva, Michael Bisping, and Dan Henderson twice. ‘The Phenom’ also nearly submitted then-champ Jon Jones with an armbar but lost by submission in the 4th round. His 2013 run was highlighted by three brutal head-kick knockouts over Luke Rockhold, Bisping, and Dan Henderson. He is the first fighter to KO ‘Hendo’, something that Wanderlei Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Shogun Rua and many others could not accomplish. Vitor Belfort also holds the record for most first-round finishes in UFC history.