His fighting skills may have diminished, but Vitor Belfort’s sense humor appears to be as sharp as ever.
After losing three straight fights by way of technical knockout, including last weekend’s bout against Kelvin Gastelum in Brazil (watch it), “The Phenom” knows it’s time to call it a career.
And he wants to go out with a bang, according to his conversation with AG Fight.
“It would have to be an interesting fighter, but not a top fighter”, Belfort said. “I’ve been fighting good guys before: Dan Henderson, [Chris] Weidman, Jacare [Souza], [Gegard] Mousasi and now Kelvin [Gastelum]. These are all hard fights, so if you can book a smoother fight… What’s the name of that guy from WWE? CM Punk would be a good fight”, Belfort laughed. “CM Punk, let’s get it on. That would be a really good fight.”
But one thing Belfort was serious about was a return to light heavyweight for UFC 212.
Retirement fights are not uncommon in mixed martial arts (MMA), evidenced by Urijah Faber’s swan song last December in his hometown of Sacramento, California. That said, a CM Punk “fight” would be something fitting for the old freak show days of PRIDE FC.
And we have clearly moved far beyond that level of silliness.