Earlier this month, aging MMA legend Vitor Belfort was knocked senseless by a younger, faster, stronger fighter in Kelvin Gastelum. In the wake of this decisive loss, the declining legend explained that he would like to fulfill the last fight on his contract before retiring – ideally at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this June.
Shortly thereafter, Belfort generated headlines by suggesting he’d like his retirement fight to be against former WWE star CM Punk – a welterweight with almost no martial arts experience, and a 0-1 professional MMA record. Unsurprisingly, this callout generated some negative responses from the MMA community – including one from notoriously outspoken middleweight champ Michael Bisping.
This is a sign of the p*ssy that Vitor Belfort is,” Bisping said on his Believe You Me podcast. “the very fact that somebody would take steroids their entire career, then get their ass kicked, then call out CM Punk, I’m not surprised motherf*ckers. It’s a simple as that and that just speaks volumes to the character and the level of a man that Vitor Belfort is. I wouldn’t f*cking piss on him if he was on fire.”
These scathing comments from Bisping have now generated a response from Belfort. The Brazilian legend made this response in a lengthy post to Instagram.
See his post below:
I saw the press has released that I asked for an easier fight. That said, let me remind you all my last 10 fights: Anthony Johnson, Jon Jones, Bisping, Rockhold, Henderson, Weidman, Henderson, Jacaré, Mousasi and Gastelum Only big names, champions and rising stars. The only easy fight I had was with the actual FAKE Champion Michael Bisping. Now if you ask me if I would like an easy last fight. If I would like to have an opponent that at least in theory I would knock him down easily… I will confess that would be great! But that would NOT BE ME… Would not live up to my history and the legacy I want to leave for the next generations. When I started in this sport, I was just a young kid, smaller than all my opponents. Nobody took me serious… But I came out knocking people out! Against all the odds became a champion. I know I am not that kid anymore. But I will not hide behind the age, the time that I've been fighting, the pains, my hormonal deficiency (believe or not, I have it), or anything else… In life you fight! You have to! And usually the odds are always stacked against you. That is the message I want to leave to my fans, friends, family, to young athletes and specially to my kids… NEVER GIVE UP! If you do have a tiny chance and is your dream you are fighting for: GO FOR IT!!! Does not matter the outcome! The real loser is the one that gave up and never took the chance to try! Davi, Vitoria and Kyara… You are the most precious things in the whole world to me. Your mother and I are raising you as fighters. Not as a sports athletes, but as real life fighters… Chase your dreams, never give up, trust in a few good friends life will give you and above all, if everything for some reason falls apart, trust in God! He will never let you down… Now, whoever they want to give as my last fight… I will take it! Give me younger kids or big names, champions… whatever! Let them come… I may be older, but I still have some tricks in my sleeve. I will be in front of my friends and family. And invite everyone to walk the last mile with me. Guys, I want and need your support! Let's make this last walk to the Octagon a real celebration. Love you all!!
With his recent loss to Gastelum, Belfort fell onto a three-fight skid, as his two next most recent bouts have seen him TKO’d by top contenders Gegard Mousasi and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. This skid was preceded by a win over fellow legend Dan Henderson, which was in turn preceded by another TKO loss to then-champion Chris Weidman.
Bisping, meanwhile, is on a five-fight streak. In his most recent bouts, he has scored a controversial defeat of middleweight legend Anderson Silva, knocked out Luke Rockhold to win the UFC middleweight title, and scored another controversial decision win over Dan Henderson. He’ll next take on returning former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in a heavily criticized middleweight title fight.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/27/2017.