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"The Phenom"

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Vitor Belfort

Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort

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  • Given Name: Vítor Vieira Belfort
  • Professional MMA Record: 24-10-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Phenom
  • Current Streak: 3 Wins
  • Age: 37 | Date of Birth: 1977.04.01
  • Last Fight: November 09, 2013 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,260,000 USD
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Gym/Affiliation: Blackzilians
  • Born: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Boca Raton, Florida
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

Vitor Belfort Wiki Update Wiki

Vitor Belfort is a Brazilian light heavyweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He holds a black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu and trains out of the Blackzilian camp in Florida. During his long and successful career, he has fought for the UFC, Pride, Cage Rage, Strikeforce and Affliction. He holds notable wins over Tank Abbott, Wanderlei Silva, Gilbert Yvel, Heath Herring, Marvin Eastman, Randy Couture, Matt Lindland, Yoshihuro Akiyama and Michael Bisping. He was the UFC 12 tournament winner and later went on to win the UFC Heavyweight title and the Cage Rage championship. Vitor has also won the UFC's "Knockout of the Night" bonus five times during his career with the promotion. Outside of MMA, he has a professional boxing record of 1-0 and placed third in the 2001 ADCC absolute division. Of his twenty three wins, nineteen have been finishes including sixteen T/KOs. He has not had a fight go to decision in over six years and all of his loses have come to current or former champions from Strikeforce, Pride, or the UFC.


A black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlson Gracie, Vitor Belfort was expected to be a savvy and cautious grappler when he first debuted in the UFC in 1997 at the tender age of 19. Fortunately for him—and unfortunately for his opponents—Belfort proved right away that he had a natural affinity for knockouts. He became the youngest fighter in UFC history to score a victory after flattening Tra Telligman at UFC 12. Two more quick knockout victories would follow in the UFC, prompting fans and promoters to label Befort “The Phenom,” a moniker that would prove both apt and premature all at once. 


Belfort suffered the first setback of his career at the fists of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, losing by TKO at UFC 15, and while he had his fair share of triumphs in the years that followed—including winning the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship with a controversial TKO (due to a lacerated eyelid) over Couture in 2004—Belfort also suffered disappointing losses to Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Alistair Overeem, and Dan Henderson both before and after winning the title. After his lose to Henderson, he tested postive for elevated levels of testosterone. He claimed that it had been due to either tainted supplements or an injection from his doctor to help heal an injured knee. On December 21, 2006, the Nevada State Athletic Commision banned him from competition for nine months and fined him $10,000 for the incident. During this time, he went to London, England to compete in two fights for the Cage Rage promotion and was able to win their Light Heavyweight title.


In 2007, after rededicating himself to the sport that built his name, a reinvigorated Belfort put together an impressive winning streak with a knockout of bruiser Terry Martin, a particularly vicious knockout of veteran Matt Lindland, who lay prone on the canvas for a frighteningly extended period following the barrage, and a pinpoint KO combination on former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin upon his return to the UFC in 2009.


After Belfort beat Rich Franklin he was given a title shot against middleweight champ Anderson Silva. Belfort would suffer a loss in the form of a brutal front kick knockout in the first round to the champ. Belfort would follow up his loss with a 1st TKO over Yoshihiro Akiyama in a Knockout of the Night and then by submitting Anthony Johnson in the1st round at UFC 142. The UFC was then trying to find a fight for Jon Jones and Belfort stepped saying he would move back up a weight class and he really wanted this fight. Belfort would come close to dethroning the 205 pound champ in the 1st round when he sunk in an armbar that looked like it might finish Jones. Jones however held on and was able to finish Vitor instead by submission in the 4th round.

Belfort returned to the middleweight division against British fighter Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7 where he would finish him with a head kick for the Knockout of the Night. He would follow that win up with a victory over former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold. He would end this fight in spectacular fashion as well when he landed a beautiful wheel kick and was able to finish Rockhold with punches earning himself a second straight Knockout of the Night bonus.

Belfort at his best is a coiled dynamo of accurate, concussive punching power and quickness. His standup prowess has propelled him to countless highlight reel knockout victories, including often-replayed dispatchings of Wanderlei Silva, Marvin Eastman, and Tank Abbot in his earlier days. Vitor Belfort is proof positive that quick-twitch muscles can’t be taught, and that in MMA, as in boxing, speed kills.


In November 2013 Belfort faced Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 32 in Brazil in the rematch of their fight from over 7 years before. This time there was a clear winner, as Vitor came out aggressively, dropped his known for his iron durability opponent, followed with the ground and pound and finally finished the fight with an exclamation mark of a head kick that sent Dan Henderson crumpling back to the mat and had the referee wave the bout off just 1:17 into the first round. Needless to say, this performance has also earned Belfort his fifth Knockout of the Night award. Vitor was then scheduled to face the champ Chris Weidman at UFC 173 in Las Vegas but would remove himself from the fight after the NSAC decided to ban all TRT use.


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Vitor Belfort Middleweight Ranking History

Vitor Belfort MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Cancelled Bout Chris Weidman UFC 173 2014.05.24
Reason: Belfort Withdrew
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
1:17 Round 1 of 5
Dan Henderson
Ref: Dan Miragliotta
UFC Fight Night 32: Belfort vs. Henderson 2
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs
2013.11.09
Odds: -220 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs
#85 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#11 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC Fight Night 32 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO
2:32 Round 1 of 5
Luke Rockhold
Ref: Leon Roberts
UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2013.05.18
Odds: -110 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
#31 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#2 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC on FX 8 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:27 Round 2 of 5, 6:27 Total
Michael Bisping
Ref: Dan Miragliotta
UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2013.01.19
Odds: -120 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
#33 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
#6 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC on FX 7 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Alan Belcher UFC 153 2012.10.13
Reason: Belfort Removed From Bout
Loss | Submission | Armlock
0:54 Round 4 of 5, 15:54 Total
Jon Jones
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs
2012.09.22
Odds: +615 Huge Underdog | Weigh-In: 204.2 lbs
#19 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
UFC 152 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout Wanderlei Silva UFC 147 2012.06.23
Reason: Belfort Broken Hand
Win | Submission | Choke
4:49 Round 1 of 3
Anthony Johnson
Ref: Dan Miragliotta
UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes
Co-Main Event | Catchweight | 197 lbs
2012.01.14
Odds: -135 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
#35 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#9 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
Cancelled Bout Cung Le UFC 139 2011.11.19
Reason: Belfort Knee Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:52 Round 1 of 3
Yoshihiro Akiyama
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2011.08.06
Odds: -335 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 185.4 lbs
#38 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
UFC 133 Knockout of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:25 Round 1 of 5
Anderson Silva
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185
2011.02.05
Odds: +185 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $275,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
#2 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#14 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#15 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#1 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
UFC 126 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Yushin Okami UFC 122 2010.11.13
Reason: Switched By UFC
Cancelled Bout Anderson Silva UFC 112 2010.04.10
Reason: Belfort Shoulder Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:02 Round 1 of 3
Rich Franklin
Ref: Yves Lavigne
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort
Main Event | Catchweight | 195 lbs
2009.09.19
Odds: +106 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 196.0 lbs
UFC 103 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:37 Round 1 of 3
Matt Lindland
Ref: Nelson Hamilton
Affliction 2: Day of Reckoning
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2009.01.24
Odds: +133 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 ($120K Base, $80K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
#55 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#28 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:12 Round 2 of 3, 8:12 Total
Terry Martin
Ref: Josh Rosenthal
Affliction 1: Banned
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2008.07.19
Odds: -307 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $140,000 ($70K Base, $70K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous James Zikic Cage Rage 2007.09.22
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Ivan Serati Cage Rage 2007.04.21
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Dan Henderson
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi
Pride 32: The Real Deal
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs
2006.10.21
Odds: +189 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:36 Round 1 of 3
Kazuo Takahashi
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro
Pride Critical Countdown Absolute
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg
2006.07.01
Odds: -500 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Alistair Overeem
Strikeforce: Revenge
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs
2006.06.09
Weigh-In: 209.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Antony Rea Cage Rage 2005.12.03
Loss | Submission | Choke
9:36 Round 1 of 2
Alistair Overeem
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro
Pride Total Elimination 2005
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16 | 93 kg
2005.04.23
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Tito Ortiz
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 51: Super Saturday
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs
2005.02.05
Odds: -125 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 3 of 5, 15:00 Total
Randy Couture
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 49: Unfinished Business
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs
2004.08.21
Odds: +135 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
0:49 Round 1 of 5
Randy Couture
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 46: Supernatural
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs
2004.01.31
Odds: +185 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $130,000 ($100K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:07 Round 1 of 3
Marvin Eastman
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 43: Meltdown
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs
2003.06.06
Odds: -240 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Chuck Liddell
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs
2002.06.22
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total
Heath Herring
Pride 14: Clash of the Titans
Main Card | Heavyweight
2001.05.27
Win | Submission | Choke
4:09 Round 1 of 3
Bobby Southworth
Pride 13: Collision Course
Main Card | Heavyweight
2001.03.25
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total
Daijiro Matsui
Pride 10: Return of the Warriors
Main Card | Heavyweight
2000.08.27
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total
Gilbert Yvel
Pride 9
Main Event | Heavyweight
2000.06.04
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total
Kazushi Sakuraba
Pride 5
Main Card | Heavyweight
1999.04.29
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:44 Round 1 of 1
Wanderlei Silva
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 17.5: Ultimate Brazil
Main Card | Title Match | Middleweight | 199 lbs
1998.10.16
Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs
#20 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#23 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:03 Round 1 of 1
Joe Charles
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 15.5: Ultimate Japan
Main Card | Heavyweight
1997.12.21
Weigh-In: 213.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
8:16 Round 1 of 1
Randy Couture
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 15: Collision Course
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight
1997.10.17
Weigh-In: 224.0 lbs
#27 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:52 Round 1 of 1
David Abbott
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 13: Ultimate Force
Main Event | Heavyweight
1997.05.30
Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
1:17 Round 1 of 1
Tra Telligman
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 12: Judgement Day
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal
1997.02.07
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:43 Round 1 of 1
Scott Ferrozzo
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 12: Judgement Day
Main Card | Tournament Finals
1997.02.07
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Jon Hess Icon Sport 1996.10.11

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