Dana White: Vitor Belfort Declined Replacement Opponents at UFC Fight Night 124, UFC 220

By Tristen Critchfield Jan 14, 2018

Even though his scheduled retirement fight against Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 124 fell through, Vitor Belfort apparently had other options that would have allowed him to compete on Sunday or one week later.

Belfort’s co-headlining encounter against Hall was scrapped when Hall was hospitalized due to a difficult weight cut on Friday. According to UFC President Dana White, “The Phenom" could have remained on the card on Sunday’s card in St. Louis or competed at UFC 220 next Saturday.

“This thing went down, we worked quickly and we got Vitor a fight,” White said on Fox Sports 1. “He could’ve fought tonight and he chose not to. So then we got him a fight in Boston; he chose not to fight then. I don’t know who the opponents were, but they told me we got him two fights. We got him a fight tonight, we got him a fight in Boston. He turned both down.”

The 40-year-old Belfort last appeared at UFC 212 on June 3, when he captured a unanimous verdict against the recently retired Nate Marquardt. The former champion’s next move is currently unknown, but he could be targeting a rematch against another big name.

“What I’m hearing is he wants to fight Michael Bisping in London,” White said. “When I get back to Vegas and get back in the office, I will obviously talk to Vitor and I’ll talk to Mike. We’ll see what happens.”

UFC Fight Night 127 is slated for the O2 Arena in London on March 17. The card currently does not have a headliner, but Bisping has mentioned that he would like his own farewell fight to take place then.


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