Vitor Belfort's words following his UFC 212 fight will be remembered much more than the fight itself.
In his home country of Brazil, Belfort took home 29-28 scorecards across the board. The cards were a bit controversial, as has been tradition in the country. What seemed sure to be a Nate Marquardt victory, instead went the other way.
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Round Three: The round begins with Belfort popping Marquardt with a left, Marquardt goes back to attacking Belfort with leg kicks. Marquardt dances around Belfort while peppering him with jabs, Marquardt also attacks Belfort with a variety of kicks. Marquardt then exchange some kicks to the midsection with Belfort, Marquardt then catches a swinging Belfort with a counter left hook. Belfort does his best to swarm Marquardt with striking combinations, Belfort rocks Marquardt with a head kick that is blocked. Belfort then cracks Marquardt with a trio of right hooks, Belfort cracks Marquardt with a head kick that barely lands. Marquardt attacks Belfort with a jumping knee strike as the round ends.
Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Belfort (Final Score: 29-28 for Marquardt)
Official Result: #11 Vitor Belfort def. Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Following the bout, Belfort backpedaled on his retirement talk, instead saying he's promised coach Firas Zahabi five more fights.