Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort has been on quite the skid as of late. The MMA legend went into 2016 hoping to build momentum on a 1st round KO win over Dan Henderson, however back to back TKO losses to Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Gegard Mousasi resulted in Belfort going winless in 2016. Following his loss to Mousasi, reports began to emerge that Belfort would be retiring from MMA. ‘The Phenom’ posted a lengthy status to Instagram, however he then revealed in a separate interview that he would not be retiring from MMA just yet.
To kick off 2017, Belfort stepped into the Octagon with Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of ‘UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza’, where he dropped a 1st round TKO to the streaking contender. Following his fight with Gastelum, Belfort confirmed that his next fight would indeed be his last.
Now, according to Combate, Belfort is reportedly set to fight Nate Marquardt in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 212 on June 3rd in his retirement fight.
While Vitor Belfort will be riding a 3-fight skid into his retirement fight against Marquardt, Nate ‘The Great’ will be entering into the fight on a loss. In his most recent fight, Marquardt looked to build momentum over his October KO win over Tamdan McCrory, however the middleweight veteran dropped a unanimous decision to ‘Smilin’ Sam Alvey. The loss dropped his UFC record to 3-6 for this stint with the promotion, which spans back to 2013.
For reference, we have included a list of the bouts for the card which have already been announced. Please note that the promotion has yet to determine which fights will appear on the UFC 212 Pay Per-View portion, and which fights will appear on the prelims.
Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway
Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Paulo Henrique Costa vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros
Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes
Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez
Leonardo Santos vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely
Marco Beltran vs. Deiveson Alcantara
Viviane Pereira vs. Jamie Moyle
Luan Changas vs. Jim Wallhead
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/28/2018.