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It will take $10 million ‘or more’ to keep Vitor Belfort from retiring at UFC St. Louis

UFC 212: Belfort v Marquardt Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will feature a battle of middleweight strikers for this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 124 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which takes place Sun., Jan. 14, 2018 inside Scottstrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Though Vitor Belfort, who collides with The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 finalist Uriah Hall, is expected to call it a career (again) after throwing hands in “Gateway City,” proving he’s not that good at math.

“This is my retirement fight,” Belfort told UFC Unfiltered (via ESPN). “After that, I am putting my body to rest. I never plan [things], but I remember in 2007, I made a decision, ‘Okay, I’m going to be fighting until I’m 40.’ Here I am, finishing this plan I made in 2007. You’ve got to respect your body and know the time to transition to what’s next. A lot of athletes cannot transition. They don’t have nothing to do after.”

Especially when there’s no “Legends League,” though he did tell reporters (via MMA Fighting) that he’s willing to prolong his stay for “$10 million or more;” however, that number only starts the conversation.

Be careful what you wish for.

Belfort (26-13, 1 NC) recently returned to the win column with a unanimous decision win over Nate Marquardt at the UFC 212 pay-per-view (PPV) event back in June. Hall (13-8), meanwhile, snapped a three-fight losing streak when he stopped Krzysztof Jotko at UFC Fight Night 116 last September.

If this is, in fact, the end of the “Phenom”-enal era, what will you remember most?

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