Vitor Belfort, 38, isn't getting any younger. And that means he wants to see if he can accomplish his goals in mixed martial arts (MMA) without having to wait.
The hard-hitting Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight is looking for another win over Dan Henderson in their trilogy fight, which is set for UFC Fight Night 77 on Nov. 7, 2015, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to get back to the big dance.
"The Phenom" failed to capture gold against Chris Weidman at UFC 187 earlier this year (video), a significant setback that he wants an opportunity to rectify sooner than later.
According to his comments to Globo, Belfort hopes another impressive victory earns him one more title fight inside the Octagon. And if it doesn't happen in a timely fashion, the Brazilian states that he is seemingly prepared to "go out."
"After Dan Henderson, I want the winner between Weidman and that trash talker Rockhold. I'm on the run. Either I go to my goals or I go out. It's important to have a goal in life, focus, a place to get. The good thing about a new chance is that you can conquer it today. I'm focused on Dan Henderson now, on training, on going there and doing my job. I'm gonna go for the win, that's the way I fight every fight. I'm back to training with Pedro Díaz, a great boxing and striking teacher. I'm very happy with my preparation. Today, I'm a business man who likes to fight. I do it because I love it and I really like to do it for my fans and for Brazil."
Belfort knocked out "Hendo" back in 2013 to even up the score. Should he win the series this coming Fall, it won't necessarily guarantee him another shot at the strap regardless of how impressive it might be or how tough he talks.
That's because Ronaldo Souza has already staked his claim as a legit title contender with his eight-fight win streak, which includes winning all five of his fights inside the Octagon thus far.
But, if push comes to shove, then perhaps a title eliminator fight between "The Phenom" and "Jacare" will satiate his impatience at this advanced stage of his career should things go his way in his final fight against Henderson.
Yoel Romero, though, could be another immediate goal crusher.
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