Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort will be headlining UFC Fight Night 106 against Kelvin Gastelum.
Main event fight this weekend aside, the legendary fighter has a new idea for a division in the UFC.
“I have even one idea I want to present for the UFC: It’s creating a new league inside the UFC,” Belfort told MMA Junkie. “We need something new – I can see now. These new owners, they want to create something new. There is a lot of changing. What I want to propose to them is creating a league inside the UFC, the Legend League, so we can bring back these retired people – bring them back to the game and sell more tickets – give more opportunities so they can make more revenue. I can lead that. We can make a title fight between me and one of the legends, and that can be a new program in the UFC.”
Belfort will be entering this fight on a two fight losing streak. The one thing the Brazilian doesn’t like nowadays is the way the new generation of fighters are choosy with whom they face.
“I want to fight guys that are relevant,” Belfort said. “I just don’t want to pick fights – because fighters are now picking fights that they have a probability to win. The sport is becoming not like it used to be before. Now, fighters are taking fights that, ‘I think I can win this.’ I think I’m the older generation, where we want to make fans happy with fights and fights that bring challenges and Kelvin is a guy who brings that challenge.”
UFC Fight Night 106 takes place on Saturday, March 11 from the Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil with Kelvin Gastelum and Vitor Belfort headlining, the main card airs live on Fox Sports 1. Fightful will be providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow the next day.