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Wednesday, 07/24/2013, 10:27 am

Suspect Arrested in 2004 Kidnapping of Vitor Belfort’s Sister

In January of 2004, Priscilla Belfort, sister of then-number-1 contender for the UFC light heavyweight belt, disappeared.  Vitor Belfort (pictured) would go on, despite his sister’s disappearance, to fight Randy Couture and win the belt later that month at UFC 46.


By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA

Authorities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil have arrested Leonardo Luiz Batista on suspicion of his participation in the kidnapping and murder of Priscilla Belfort, reported, a Brazilian news outlet.

Belfort, the sister of famed UFC fighter Vitor Belfort, disappeared on January 9, 2004.  In 2007, Elaine Paiva confessed to participating in the kidnapping and murder of Priscilla as part of a plan to raise money owed to drug dealers.  Police arrested Paiva and three others involved.

Police had arrested a suspect known as Parakeet in March of this year, making the arrest of Batista the second to be made almost ten years after Belfort’s kidnapping.  Both are thought to be part of the group who kidnapped and murdered Priscilla.

Paiva, upon her arrest in 2007, confessed to burning and burying Belfort’s remains, but police never found any remains.

In his book published last year, “Vitor Belfort: Lessons of Guts, Faith and Success,” Vitor Belfort talks about the investigation of his sister’s disappearance, saying that the wound from his sister’s death has healed within himself.


0 Responses to “Suspect Arrested in 2004 Kidnapping of Vitor Belfort’s Sister”

  1. 757 says:

    Vitor Belfort looks hot in that photo, damn!

    • 757 says:

      Ok asshole knock it off. I have reported you . By law I am supposed to tell you to knock it stop. I have proof of who you are now due to your own stupidity and have reported you. This is my notice of advising you to stop. If this continues I will be pressing charges on not only you but the website will come under civil litigation. You can select to not take my advice but that’s up to you.

      • 757 says:

        what are you going to be pressing charges for? your name is not even used, unless legally your name is 757 which it is not! I claimed 757, you stole it from me so if you don’t stop, I will be pressing charges!

        • 757 says:

          ^^Ok thanks see you later I told you to stop. Do some research guy. Anyway in the future don’t leave you email address up so that the next person can see it and track you. If you are going to harass people via the computer or some other electronic device you shouldn’t leave you email address up after you comment especially on a site like this that has had security issues.

  2. squid says:

    i hope they catch those lowlife scumbags who did this to vitor’s sister and bring them in a locked room with vitor and see what happens from there.

  3. Vitor Sucks says:

    Who Cares

  4. Kidd433 says:

    Really who does care just a steroid users dumb sister

  5. Kingron says:

    Nah I don’t live in shitty brazil so I doubt it

    • MJ says:

      Shitty Brasil? What you mean is you havent left your steet without your mommy, so how could you visit another state let alone another country. I would say go and say that in Brasil but something tells me your mom already mom already has front row ticket to seaworld as your next “dangerous” adventure. Just another bored fat kid who hates the world… pussy

  6. 757 says:

    I want vitor on top of me!!

  7. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    Man I really feel for Vitor. I never knew his family went through that. I’m so glad that he seems to have come to peace over it. I hope they get capital punishment the bastards that did this.

  8. 757 says:

    Sasquatch I will let you know. This guy is stupid and walked right into that. He was warned and now he’s going to get slammed. Yes and when these people who use others names do that they don’t realize that there is some consequences that they can face. This fool left his email address in the box after he did that and was easy to track. Then he still did it again. What a dope. Also Gragoyle I agree with you…good comment

  9. KIDD433 says:

    If you guys don’t want people using your name to troll you, you just make a Gravatar, it will be a simple or picture by your name every time you use your email. It takes 3min to do

  10. 757 says:

    ^^Thank you.Good advice. I appreciate it.

  11. Brazil is garbage says:

    Brazil is by far one of worst places in the World. They try to feed carrots to busses ahahahahah

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