While Vitor Belfort may have made it clear leading up to UFC 212 that he has no intentions of retiring following his fight with Nate Marquardt this weekend, Belfort is targeting a fight with a fellow UFC legend.
Earlier this year, ‘The Phenom’ expressed his support for a ‘legend division’ in the UFC, an idea he felt should be presented to the new WME-IMG UFC owners looking to draw more eyes to the UFC. While the idea was one that was presented by Vitor Belfort, it was supported by ‘Big’ Nog, who is currently retired from MMA.
During a recent interview with MMAFighting ahead of his scrap with Nate Marquardt this weekend, Belfort once again expressed his desire to compete in the legends league and fight MMA icon Chuck Liddell.
“Liddell is very interesting, not just for me but for the fans,” Belfort told MMA Fighting. “I think about the legend league, I think the UFC should do it and I think that would be a good start. Chuck is a legend, we fought in the past. I think I won that fight but they gave it to him. Back in the days he was managed by the owners of the UFC and Dana. Today is totally different.”
“I see it as one of the options, the many options the UFC has to pursue it. We have so many legends in the UFC and so many things could happen in the future.”
While Belfort has remained active over the course of the past several years, Liddell has of course been retired for the past 7 years, retiring from competition after his UFC 115 loss to Rich Franklin in 2010.
While there is interest from current fighters in a legends division, Liddell and other retired fighters have yet to express a desire to return.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/2/2017.