BOCA RATON, Fla. – Vitor Belfort is having fun with his enterprise in boxing and he’s not wanting again.
The former UFC champion sees a return to MMA unlikely and plans to complete out his preventing days in skilled boxing. Belfort returns to competitors Sept. 11 when he takes on former world champion and boxing Olympic gold medalist Oscar De La Hoya at a Triller occasion in Los Angeles. It will likely be Belfort’s second skilled boxing match; he debuted in 2006 with a knockout win over Josemario Neves.
Although Belfort has stepped within the boxing ring earlier than, the Brazilian made his fame and legacy preventing within the cage for the UFC and PRIDE.
MMA may maintain an expensive place in Belfort’s coronary heart, however there are various causes he has little curiosity in getting concerned with the game once more.
“The answer is that it’s looking like (I’m) not (going to return to MMA),” Belfort advised MMA Junkie. “It’s not altering or adapting to what we predict it ought to. The guidelines are usually not there for us. They’re not adapting in a method that’s secure for the fighters.
“Right now, fighters are having a short career, and the more violent it is, the shorter it becomes. It’s better for the promoters, not so good for the fighters. Right now, and even (UFC president) Dana White has said it, this is a young man’s sport. But guess what? I’ll box any champion in MMA and I can beat them up in a boxing match.”
Belfort, 44, thinks the power to work with commissions on guidelines for a struggle in boxing is one thing that’s within the curiosity of growing older fighters and that’s one thing that may’t be present in MMA. He additionally finds the game to be much less taxing on the physique in comparison with MMA.
“(MMA is) good just for certain people in their 20s,” Belfort stated. “I feel like when you become a little older, it’s too hard on your body, so it’s hard to stay relevant for so long because the rules have never been reviewed. We’ve never changed the rules. The fighters are not involved. We don’t have a union. We don’t have (someone) protecting us fighters. We have to change something for the future. This will never be an Olympic sport the way it is right now.”
And on high of the positives he finds boxing has over MMA for its athletes, Belfort additionally thinks boxing is a sport fitted to a wider viewers.
“Boxing, there’s not too much blood,” Belfort stated. “We want to have the whole family involved. It’s not too violent in the sense that athletes stay seven months out because he has a ligament problem because someone went after his knee. And people want to see the knockout. Boxing is art.”