Brazilian UFC legend Vitor Belfort is apparently ready to make his final walk to the Octagon this summer.
Belfort (25-14) is reportedly set to face Nate Marquardt (35-17-2) at UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro. According to Brazilian news outlet Combate, both fighters have agreed to the contest, although the UFC has not yet confirmed.
Belfort, 40, has made it no secret he wishes to compete at the event and referenced a "last appearance" for the UFC in a social media post Sunday.
Comecei minha jornada há 20 anos, no UFC 12 e exatos 200 eventos depois no dia 3 de Junho, estarei fazendo minha última luta na organização no UFC 212 na minha cidade natal, Rio de Janeiro. Conto com a torcida de todos vcs na arena para que eu tenha a oportunidade de agradecer pessoalmente a cada de vcs que estiveram sempre comigo. Vamos juntos!! _____________________________I started my UFC journey 20 years ago, at UFC 12 and exactly 200 events after at June third, I will be making my last appearance for the organization at my hometown, Rio de Janeiro. I am expecting you at the arena so I can say thank you in person to you all that have been with me along this way. Always together!!
A former light heavyweight champion, Belfort fought for the UFC's middleweight championship as recently as 2015, but he's currently on a 1-4 skid. He has been knocked out in all four losses.
Training out of South Florida, Belfort enjoyed one of the best years of his career in 2013, when he went 3-0 with knockout wins over Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson. Those victories came while he was on testosterone-replacement-therapy (TRT), a practice that was banned in combat sports in 2014. Belfort has only one win since.
Marquardt, 38, has not fared much better as of late. He is 2-4 in his past six fights, with two losses via TKO.