Vitor Befort’s retirement has been put on hold and it came in a devastating way.
It didn’t take long for the co-main event of a UFC event to be scrapped as this was the first of the new year.
It was announced on Saturday morning that middleweight star Uriah Hall, who was set to fight Belfort in a middleweight bout at UFC St. Louis, wouldn’t be weighing for the scheduled bout. Belfort did make weight at 186 pounds.
UFC broadcaster Brendan Fitzgerald announced to the media who were at the weigh-ins that Hall could not step on the scale, and the fight with Belfort was off.
This was supposed to be Belfort’s retirement fight. Now, the questions comes to whether or not Belfort will go through with another fight before he hangs up his gloves.
If you recall, going into this fight, he stated in various interviews that this would be his last fight of his storied pro-MMA career.
He recently did an interview on the UFC Unfiltered podcast to discuss this fight. Here is what he had to say (quotes via LowKickMMA):
“I think we got to know the time to start and I think we need to know the time to end. Life is about seasons, and I think you got to know the seasons. I think I did more than enough. Sometimes I flashback and say, ‘Wow I’m still doing this. Wow, it’s crazy.’ And I’m very thankful, but I think my body needs a rest.”
He would go on to say that he is willing to fight again if the UFC gives him some big money (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“$10 million or more, to start the conversation,” Belfort said. “That’s the number. And then we start talking. A lot of money. A lot of money. Many millions,” he continued.
“Anyway, I will always train and dedicate myself. I have a lot of friends fighting, so I will always be prepared because I love doing this, this is my lifestyle, but it has to be very, very, very interesting because I’m happy with this decision.”
UFC St. Louis (Fight Night 124) is set to take place on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The event will mark the promotion's first visit to the city.
The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET.
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