According to initial reports from Brazilian outlet Globo, Vitor Belfort was offered a rematch against Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night London, a offered that he accepted.
Bisping stop finding excuses. @ufc had offered us Belfort vs Bisping 2 and I said YES. I will fight you in your country. How about that? Let’s make an amazing show for all the fans around the the world and retire in great fashion… Thanks @ufc @danawhite for finding a way to help me with all the camp expenses and offering me this great fight. I promise you and all my fans; on March 17th in London you all will see the Phenom in the octagon. I’m leaving it all in there!! #teambelfort #legacy. Bisping para de arranjar desculpas. O UFC ofereceu Belfort vs Bisping 2 e eu aceitei. Dessa vez vamos lutar na sua casa, o q acha? Vamos fazer um grande espetáculo para todos os fãs espalhados pelo mundo e nos aposentarmos e grande estilo… e obrigado ao UFC em relação aos custos do meu treinamento e por ter me oferecido essa grande luta. Prometo a todos que dia 17 de Março em Londres vcs verão o Fenômeno no octógono. Eu vou deixar tudo dentro daquele cage!!
Vitor Belfort was scheduled to face Uriah Hall in what was due to be his retirement fight at UFC Fight Night St Louis but Hall was unable to make weight and the bout was cancelled. Belfort had been offered to face Michael Bisping in London this March in what would also be a farewell fight for the ‘Count’.
Belfort won the first bout by TKO back in 2013 but Michael Bisping suffered a detached retina in his right eye due to the head kick. That and the fact that Vitor had been granted permission to use Testosterone Replacement Therapy played a role in his decision to turned down the fight.
“I’m not fighting Vitor Belfort in London,” Michael Bisping said on his ‘Believe you me” podcast. “I’m not fighting Vitor Belfort in London. I am not fighting Vitor Belfort in London. 100 percent, I’m not fighting him, zero percent chance.”
“I don’t want to be remembered for being a dick and I feel that Vitor Belfort would bring out that side of my personality. It’s my last ever fight, I want to go there and enjoy it,” he continued. “I want to embrace the moment, I want to live in the moment, I want to be respectful towards my opponent, basically thank all the fans of Great Britain for always supporting my career not lunging and arguing and swearing and going at the guy and acting regrettably because years later I would look back and I would regret that.”
Vitor hit back at Bisping’s decision to decline the fight via his instagram calling him “scared”.
What a shame @mikebisping !!! @ufc just informed me that you have declined the fight. I understand you are scared. The images above pretty much explain it all… So stop pretending that you are tough and just admit that you are afraid. And I thought you were man enough to step up in the octagon with me again, my mistake… unfortunately looks like we will not be delivering to the fans the fight they want to see… Happy retirement, you must be feeling amazing leaving the sport thru the back door… To be a legend is not to everyone! Que vergonha @mikebisping !!! O @ufc acabou de me dizer q vc recusou a luta. Eu entendo que vc está com medo. As imagens acima meio que explicam tudo… Então para de fingir que é durão e admite que está com medo. E eu pensei que fosse homem suficiente para subir no octógono comigo outra vez, me enganei… Infelizmente parece que não iremos dar aos fãs a luta que eles querem… Feliz aposentadoria, vc deve estar muito feliz por deixar o esporte pela porta dos fundos… Se tornar uma lenda, realmente não é para qualquer um.. #teambelfort
A main event for UFC Fight Night London is still due to be announced.