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Monday Morning Hangover: What's next for Vitor Belfort following UFC 204 stoppage?

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Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC 204 blew the roof off Manchester Arena last Saturday night (Oct. 8, 2016) in Manchester, England.

For complete results and play-by-play coverage of "Bisping vs. Henderson 2" click here.

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Dan Henderson, who didn't exactly end his mixed martial arts (MMA) career the way he would have liked, losing to Michael Bisping via unanimous decision in their headlining middleweight title bout (see it).

And Ovince Saint Preux, who was viciously knocked out by Jimi Manuwa in main card action, giving him his second straight loss in the light heavyweight division (video replay here). But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now two days removed from the show?

Vitor Belfort.

Going into his fight against Gegard Mousasi, Belfort believed he wasn't getting paid enough to match what he felt his current value was given his name recognition and past accolades.

"Every fight for me it's a good payday. But I think my value is much more than I'm earning right now, what I bring into the sport. I really do believe, especially where this sport is, my value can be much bigger than what it is right now," said Vitor prior to the bout.

And after getting knocked out by Gegard Mousasi in the second round (see it again here), it's safe to say "The Phenom's" value tumbled.

Granted, he will always be "Vitor Belfort," but the loss was his second straight in such fashion, previously losing to Ronaldo Souza via strikes. And in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) -- or any sport, for that matter -- it's all about "what have you done for me lately."

And unfortunately for Belfort, he hasn't been doing much winning. Going back to 2015, Vitor has lost three of four, dropping a title fight to ex-middleweight champion Chris Weidman along the way.

Many will be quick to point out the testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) ban has greatly impacted the Brazilian bomber, but it could also simply be that father time has caught up to the fearsome striker.

At 39 years of age, Belfort isn't an old man by any stretch of the imagination, but in the combat sports world, that isn't young, especially if you've been fighting the best-of-the-best since you were 19 years old.

Is it time for Vitor to call it a career?

It's hard to say, as Dan Henderson -- who fought his final fight at UFC 204 -- proved, if you're willing to put the time and work in, you can definitely keep competing with the best and make great money doing it even if your nearing the half century mark in life.

For Belfort, the next step will be to head back home to Florida, recuperate and discuss with his family and team what's next. If he does continue fighting, perhaps a showdown against Uriah Hall, who is also in a slump, should be in order.

Unless, of course, you have a better idea?