En sann MMA-veteran lägger handskarna på hyllan efter helgens gala som äger rum nu i helgen. Det handlar om den forne lätta-tungviktsmästaren i UFC, Vitor Belfort. Belfort har tävlat på professionell nivå sedan 1996, han har ett fighterfacit på 26–13 (1) och har vunnit sina matcher på följande sätt, 18 genom knockout, 3 genom submission samt 5 domslut. Genom podden ‘UFC Unfiltered’ sade MMA-veteranen att det här blir hans sista match i karriären.
This is my retirement fight. After that I’m going to put my body to rest. This is it. Breaking news.
Belfort har fått nog av den hårda träningen för en MMA-atlet och känner att sin kropp behöver vila.
I think you know and life is about season you know. That’s what I like and I wish Brazil, even Florida where I live we have seasons. Summer, winter. I think I did more than enough. Just to think back, sometimes I flashback just like Matt said, and I’m like ‘Wow, I’m still doing this, wow man, this is crazy. I’m very thankful, but I think my body need to rest. I have other things, I have a business of my own, I developed have a system, I developed a group class training system that we’re going to franchise. I just want to leave to help the sport in a way, work with the sport and help and do other things. We got to know the time to start and I think we need to know the time to end and it’s about time.
You cannot tell me that the 40-year-old has a fresh body. Of course, it’s not the same. I’m very fortunate that I knew how to, I had a lot of experience and I had the chance to work with the best coaches and fitness products in the world, so I knew how to take care of my body, but I think it’s time you know. I’ve got kids and I want to be able to, I think I donate a lot of time in a lot of stuff to the sport and I think it’s time. I see the sport is growing and there are great talents.
I’m just leaving the sport where guys in my era are never expected to still be fighting and still be relevant. I think I need to walk away and that was my journey. I accomplished a lot of great things and I want to do all the great things. I’m about to start on my second journey of life and I’m happy.
Belfort går sin sista match i karriären mot Uriah Hall. Han ställs mot Hall under UFC Fight Night 124 nu i helgen.
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