Vitor Belfort is a prominent MMA fighter and former UFC Light Heavyweight champion as well as UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion

He holds the notable victories over world champions, which includes Luke Rockhold, Michael Bisping, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Randy Couture, and Wanderlei Silva, Mati Lindland, and Anthony Johnson.

Vitor Belfort was born April 1, 1977, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His nationality is Brazilian.

At the age of 19, Vitor Belfort moved to the United States to compete as a fighter of MMA. In his debut fight, at Superbrawl in Hawaii, his opponent was Jon Hess; he lost the fight in 12 seconds by knockout.

Soon after, he landed his steps at UFC, where he was given the nickname The Phenom.

He managed to beat two fighters in his debut event and won the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament. In 1999, he competed at PRIDE Fighting Championships. At PRIDE, he competed against Alistair Overeem, Gilbert Yvel, Daijiro Matsui, Bobby Southworth, and Heath Herring.

In 2002, he returned to UFC, competed against Chuck Liddell at UFC 37.5, and lost the fight in the third round via unanimous decision.

On March 11, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 106, he faced Kelvin Gastelum and lost the fight via a combination of punches in the first round of the fight. He holds an MMA record of 25 wins in 39 matches.

His wins include 18 by knockouts, 3 by submissions, and 4 were by decisions. He won numerous awards and rewards.


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