In what many have speculated to be his last appearance in the Octagon, Vitor Belfort defeated Nate Marquardt via (an admittedly controversial) judges decision.
After three rounds of occasionally tentative-occasionally explosive action, Belfort earned his first ever UFC victory by decision, although many had pointed to Marquardt as winning with two rounds to one.
In the end though, the big story is Belfort’s future.
While he had been publicly touted this as his last UFC bout, he had appeared to do a U-Turn in the past few days, and appeared to be leaning towards continuing his time with the promotion — noticably after it had emerged he still had another fight on his contract following the Marquardt bout.
In the post-fight interview with Brian Stann, Belfort cleared any confusion up — he’s here to stay.
“I got five more fights to go guys,” Belfort said. “I’m going to [have a] break and come back.”
The crowd erupts for @VitorBelfort! Big win for "The Phenom" on home soil!! #UFC212 pic.twitter.com/jNHl78R7qr
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