Vitor Belfort has not earned a win since he defeated Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson III. In fact, he's riding a three fight losing streak, Despite that, the aging fighter is not ready to hang up the gloves just yet.
In response to the query’s about a potential retirement, Belfort posted the following on his Instagram page:
Quem não conhecesse os seus erros não é digno de liderar a si mesmo, quanto mais as pessoas que o cercam. Reconheço que não sou perfeito, sou somente HUMANO , um SER HUMANO. O poeta já escreveu : " - que o amor seja eterno enquanto dure." Esse é um belíssimo trecho de um poema. Porém eu o considero ingênuo. Com todo carinho e respeito ao poeta, peço permissão para reescrevê-lo da seguinte maneira: " - QUE O AMOR SEJA ETERNO ENQUANTO SEJA CULTIVADO." Confesso que preciso cultivar meu desejo pela competição dentro do octógono. Sei que tenho que zelar por aquela chama que sempre ardeu em mim. Tendo conhecimento pleno disso: " - DECIDI QUE CUSTE O QUE CUSTAR VOU REACENDER MAIS UMA VEZ ESSA CHAMA." Muito obrigado pelo carinho e apoio. Vou finalizar esse capítulo na minha vida, olhando no espelho e reconhecendo a mim mesmo. Who does not recognize your own mistakes it is not worthy to lead yourself, even less the people around him. I recognize that I am far from perfect, I am only human; a human being. Once a poet in Brazil wrote: " - may love be eternal while it lasts. It is a beautiful fragment of a poem, but a truly consider it naive. If I may and with all do respect, I would re write it like this: " - may love be eternal while we nurture it." I confess that I need to nurture my competitive will inside the Octagon. I must cherish that fire inside of me again. Having recognized that to myself; I DECIDED TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BURN THAT FLAME AGAIN! Thanks a lot for all the support and advices. But I decided that I will end this chapter of my life looking at the mirror and recognizing myself. @mundoboxing
Shortly after the Instagram post was posted by Belfort, the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion was contacted by MMA Junkie about his future in the sport.
"I’m not retired. I want to fight again soon. I am driven to get back on my feet and honor the nickname I so proudly carry. ‘The Phenom’ is back. I am not pleased with my two last performances and changes are being made," Belfort said. "I don’t want to end my career the way it is right now. I want to look at the mirror and recognize myself as the fighter I always have been. I have 20 years in this sport, and I intend to honor that legacy,” said Belfort.
So for now, the “Phenom” will not be retiring, but his next move or fight in the UFC has not been announced at this time.