Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort earned a decision win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212.
With only one fight left on his current UFC contract, the former champion expects a new contract to be offered to him soon.
“That’s the place I want to be (the UFC), and a lot of things we can change,” he said at the UFC 212 post-fight press conference. “We can come with the legends league. A lot of things can change. I have a great team that represents me, and I’m sure my role is to make the UFC not only entertaining, but a great sport. We both have to grow together – the fighters and the UFC.”
Belfort had initially hinted at retirement prior to his UFC 212 encounter, but changed his mind during the week of the fight.
It has been almost two decades since Belfort made his UFC debut and the fighter still sees a lot of room for the sport to grow.
“I believe our sport has a lot of room to grow, and UFC is the place,” Belfort said. “And the people there, the new (owners), they’re very smart. I believe we’re going to see big things ahead.”
The win for Belfort was his first win in almost two years, as his last victory before that came over Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 77.
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