ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong explains why Vitor Belfort never fought for them
Vitor Belfort signed with ONE Championship in 2019, but he never made an appearance for promotion and now their CEO, Chatri Sityodtong has explained why.
Belfort announced his retirement in December 2018, but in March 2019 he signed an agreement with ONE. He was then supposed to make his debut against Alan Ngalani in April 2020, but after COVID-19 called off the events, the promotion and Belfort went their separate ways. The reason they decided to go their separate ways was simple, according to Sityodtong, Belfort only wanted legendary fights.
“In a nutshell, Vitor joined ONE and we had this great vision that he was still going to fight in his prime. And I think he realized he wanted those special fights. We wanted to put on some kind of young lion. – old lion stories, but we just could never get along, “Sityodtong said on MMA Fighting’s MMA Hour of Belfort (via Sportskeeda).” There was just a mismatch between what he wanted and what we wanted, and we tried. Both sides really tried. He offered a lot of different opponents. We offered a lot of different opponents and we just never got together.
After breaking up, Vitor Belfort made his return to combat sports in September when he boxed Evander Holyfield. It was an exhibition fight promoted by Triller Fight Club and Belfort won by TKO in the first round. He’s now linked with the Oscar De La Hoya box on Thanksgiving weekend, which he was supposed to fight in September before De La Hoya got COVID.
As for his MMA career, Belfort last participated in UFC 224 in May 2018, where he was eliminated by Lyoto Machida. The Brazilian is the former UFC light heavyweight champion and also competed for UFC middleweight gold.
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