By Raphael Garcia
UFC Fight Night 77 in Sao Paulo, Brazil was a spectacle for a number of different reasons. Men and women stepping into a cage to fight nearly always causes a stir, but one man in particular creates a certain level of intrigue anytime he’s in the cage. That man is Vitor Belfort. At the end of the night, he logged his 25th career win in 20 years of professional fighting. Yet when his career is all done, many will still wonder how to define Belfort’s legacy.
Vitor Belfort is a lot of things. He’s a former UFC champion. He’s a controversial figure due to failed drug tests. He’s a walking sound bite, known for making eyebrow-raising statements during press conferences. He’s also known for his striking abilities that have earned a UFC record of 12 knockouts during the course of his Octagon career. When he finally hangs up the gloves, which of these descriptors will be the one that comes first when talking about the man known as “The Phenom?” That depends upon who is asked.
Vitor Belfort will one day walk away from the sport, and at 38 years of age, some wonder how he is still going at such an impressive clip. The debate around whether he deserves to be considered one of the best in the sport will go on for a long time, with some falling on the side that he doesn’t, and others choosing to support the Brazilian. It’s possible that his next few contests will determine his long term legacy in the sport.
UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 took place on November 7, 2015 at Auditório Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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