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Could Vitor Belfort Be Headed to Bellator After Final UFC Fight?

Vitor Belfort had originally planned on heading into retirement after fulfilling his current UFC contract. Now, he appears interested in fights with Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen.

Belfort is slated to meet Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, which is the final fight of his current UFC contract. The Brazilian had been planning on retiring following that fight, but now, it seems he wants to continue competing.

Vitor Belfort UFC Fortaleza“Technically and physically, Vitor has full conditions to continue fighting,” his manage, Gustavo Lacerda, said during the MMA Ganhador podcast, as reported by MMAFighting. “Of course, he has the hormonal deficiency everybody knows… But I think he lit up his fire again. We’ll go fight by fight. First, we’ll think about his fight with Nate Marquardt, and then we have more good things ahead.”

Belfort has mentioned a League of Legends idea in the past, where fighters that are getting on in years or are toward the end of their careers could match-up, perhaps even under modified rules to compensate for declining physical abilities.

While he wouldn’t likely be fighting under modified rules, it sounds as if Belfort is interested in moving on to somewhere he can compete against other fighters in their twilight years. Specifically, his manager appears to have Bellator bouts in mind against the likes of Silva and Sonnen, who will fight each other at Bellator NYC in June.

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“What I think it’s possible to imagine is: what does the MMA fan wants?” Lacerda said. “He wants to see Vitor vs. Wanderlei, wants to see Vitor vs. Sonnen. He wants these type of fights. And it’s the type of fights that interest us. Vitor doesn’t need to prove anything regarding to ranking or title. The idea is to have fights that are interesting. Interest the fans, and interest the fighter.

“I’m particularly crazy to see Vitor vs. Wanderlei,” he continued. “It’s a fight I pay to see. There are fights people want to see, and those are the fights that are interesting. Where it will be, and how it will be, I can’t say anything right now. But they might happen.”

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Renan Barao Returns to Bantamweight at UFC 214

Renan Barao‘s featherweight experiment is over, at leasts for now. The former UFC bantamweight champion will return to 135 pounds at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif. He will square off against Aljamain Sterling.

Barao (34-4, 1NC) moved up to featherweight two bouts ago, but has had mixed results. He lost to Jeremy Stephens in May of last year, but rebounded with a victory over Phillipe Nover in September.

Now, he’ll move back to the bantamweight class, where he wouldn’t be too far off from a title shot if he can string together a couple of victories.

At UFC 214, Barao will square off with Sterling (13-2), who currently occupies the No. 8 slot in the division. Sterling had rocketed to a 12-0 start to his career before losing back-to-back bouts to Bryan Caraway and Raphael Assuncao. He rebounded against Augusto Mendes in his most recent bout, and a win over the likes of Barao would go a long way toward putting those losses in the rearview mirror.

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Now Focused Full Time on Fighting, Amir Khan is Hoping for a Title Shot

National Service is something that all Singaporean men have to do, but for Amir Khan it came at a bad time. The 22-year-old was just starting to establish himself as a top contender in ONE Championship’s featherweight division when he got called up. 

Khan was still able to fit in two fights last year, winning them both, but he is now a full-time fighter again and hopes to be busier in 2017.

“I ORD (finished national service) on May 4. I’m proud to have served my nation and am glad to have completed my two years. Now I’m focused on my journey to become a world champion.”

At ONE: Dynasty of Heroes on Friday, Khan will be facing India’s Rajinder Singh Meena. It will be his sixth time fighting in the Singapore Indoor Stadium and he says the venue is starting to feel like home.

Amir Khan“It’s the best feeling in the world being able to perform live in front of your fans, family, and friends. The energy I get is always amazing. No words can describe it.” 

After having to fit training sessions around national service commitments for his last five fights, Khan has been able to dedicate himself to preparation this time around, at least for the last few weeks. He’s been working with a number of coaches at Evolve MMA and has been tuning up his wrestling with a UFC vet.

“The new head coach of the Evolve tight team, Brian Ebersole, has been working a lot with me to sharpen my wrestling. I’ve been working with Eddie Ng, Muay Thai World Champion Sagetdao Petpayathai, BJJ World Champion Bruno Pucci, Benedict Ang, BJJ World Champion Brodinho Issa, and Shinya Aoki. I definitely will show the fans a new version of myself.”

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In his last fight he had to survive a brutal looking Kimura attempt from Vaughn Donayre. The fight looked over as the Filipino cranked on his arm and Khan had to rely on all his reserves of mental fortitude.

“Subconsciously, my mind was telling me to tap and take the easy way out. The battle that day was not with my opponent, but with my mind. I’m glad I choose to fight it off.”

There was a sharp intake of breath from the knowledgeable Singapore crowd when Donayre caught Khan in the submission. This was followed by a roar when the local favorite escaped and it’s a moment he will never forget.

“I can remember it clearly. There was a loud roar from the fans when I escaped and it gave me an additional boost to finish my opponent.”

Khan is facing a former SFL lightweight champion on Friday, but hasn’t spent too much time worrying about his opponent’s skill set.

“I don’t know much about this guy, but I know for sure he is game and will show up on fight night. I’m expecting the best version of him to come out on May 26.”

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Khan is of Indian descent himself, but says he has no qualms about being matched with one of India’s top lightweights.

“I have a lot of supporters from India too, as I have a lot of relatives over there, but it doesn’t feel strange. In this sport you are bound to fight people from your own ethnicity.” 

Eduard Folayang’s shocking win over Shinya Aoki last year blew the lightweight division wide open. The Japanese fighter trains at Evolve MMA, so Khan could never have fought him, but no such restrictions apply to the current champion.

With three wins in a row and a 6-1 overall record for ONE Championship, Khan is entitled to believe he is a contender, even if there are others ahead in the queue. A win on Friday would be a big step in the right direction and the fans in the Singapore Indoor Stadium are guaranteed to get behind this homegrown hero.

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