Anyone who has watched Vitor Belfort fight in the last year certainly knows that the middleweight vet has never looked better, thanks to stunning knockout wins over Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold. In fact, when you consider Belfort’s only losses since 2006 have come against the legendary Anderson Silva and superstar Jon Jones, it’s clear that “The Phenom” hasn’t slowed down at all in his thirties.
So, how long does the 36 year-old plan on fighting? While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, here’s what Belfort had to say:
“I believe in joy,” said Belfort. “When I step into the octagon and I don’t feel the pleasure and I don’t feel the adrenaline and the purpose, I think it will be time to stop.
“I made a plan to go into my 40s, so that’s kind of the plan. So I like to plan things. I believe the more you plan, the more you succeed.”
That’s certainly a good way of looking at it, but you have to wonder if Belfort’s outlook might change, provided he loses a couple of fights or takes a one sided loss.
“Of course, things can change,” Belfort furthered. “I’m very open. God will tell me what I have to do, and he will prepare what I have next for me. I love business, and fighting is a business for me. You can only work at things you can have pleasure and appreciation (for), to wake up every day and work hard.”
Up next, at UFC FN 32, Belfort has a chance to avenge the 2006, unanimous decision loss Dan Henderson handed him at PRIDE 32. After the defeat, Belfort went on to win five straight fights, which included a stoppage win over Rich Franklin.
The upcoming November 9th bout is certainly a big one for both Belfort and “Hendo”. A loss could derail Belfort’s title shot hopes at 185, and Henderson is looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat.
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