When the world lastly goes again to regular (or the brand new regular that’s) whereby sporting occasions will likely be allowed to begin as soon as once more, it seems to be like we may lastly see the long-awaited ONE Championship debut of combined martial legend Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort. 

The Brazilian MMA pioneer and former UFC Gentle Heavyweight Champion formally signed with ONE Championship again in March of 2019, however has but to make his debut within the ONE Circle. 

In an interview with Asian MMA, Belfort explains the choice to make the leap to the Singapore-based martial arts promotion. 

“When my contract was over, first I took off. I simply needed to re-evaluate and see what was there, as a result of I used to be very sad in my final…I used to be not motivated sufficient, I didn’t have the hearth to compete within the UFC anymore, and I had a few accidents, and I used to be not joyful,” the 43-year previous stated. “I’m the kind of athlete that, I solely operate, I’m the kind of man that, I operate with two issues: I gotta have pleasure, and I gotta have peace. I consider that these two components, no matter background you’re in, I’m the kind of man that features with these two. It’s like a Ferrari with out the gasoline, it’s like a person with out oxygen, you can’t survive. I’m very pushed by these two components.”

The Rio de Janeiro-native boasts a 26-14 skilled report with 18 wins by way of KO. He holds the UFC report for many KO wins with 12. Belfort additionally has notable wins over the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Randy Couture, Wealthy Franklin, Anthony Johnson, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, Dan Henderson (twice) and Nate Marquardt. 

Having already cemented his legacy within the combined martial arts world as one of many sport’s pioneers and earliest stars, Belfort says he regarded to the place he may as soon as once more be an innovator. 

That led him to Asia’s greatest martial arts group. 

“I noticed that ONE Championship was actually doing one thing totally different than different organizations had been doing…let me go to a spot that actually, Vitor Belfort can disrupt the trade the sense, not simply with him combating, however how he’s gonna battle, what he’s gonna carry, what we’re gonna do.” 

Previous to Belfort’s signing, ONE had already acquired numerous big-name expertise and UFC fighters together with Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Sage Northcutt, Akiyama, and Yushin Okami. 

“I used to be watching this group create superb issues…I can’t wait to battle in that ring,” he added. 

Shoulder surgical procedure has stored Belfort sidelined for the final 12 months or so nevertheless, however he says that he is all set for his highly-anticipated ONE debut. 

“I had a shoulder surgical procedure, and it was a tricky, robust restoration, it was not simple, however now it’s able to go.” 

Reportedly welcoming Belfort to the ONE Circle will heavyweight striker Alain “The Panther” Ngalani, a hard-hitting heavyweight who has break up his time in ONE competing in MMA and in Kickboxing. 

“I prefer it, he’s a really robust competitor, he’s very expert and really sturdy. An enormous man. That’s what I’m in search of, for a great problem,” Belfort stated. 

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