Boxing fans are very familiar who Oscar De la Hoya and how he is a legend. However, only sports fans knew how Victor Belfort, his upcoming opponent, is a legend too.
Let’s get to this Belfort more in this video.
Vítor Vieira Belfort is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Heavyweight and Middleweight divisions. Belfort previously competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he fought in the Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight, and Middleweight divisions.
He is the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion and the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Champion.
Known for his explosive knockout power, Belfort is tied for third for the most finishes in UFC history with 14. Belfort has also competed for MMA promotions Pride FC, Strikeforce, Affliction, and Cage Rage.
At the age of 19, Belfort came to the United States to compete. In his first sanctioned mixed martial arts match, an event called Superbrawl in Hawaii, his opponent was Jon Hess, whom the young Brazilian defeated in 12 seconds by knockout. Despite Hess having a seven-inch height advantage and a more than 100-pound weight advantage over Belfort.
Soon after, he moved on to compete in the UFC, where he has given the nickname The Phenom. He beat two fighters in his debut event in the UFC, winning the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament. At age 19, Belfort became the youngest fighter to score a victory inside the octagon. Belfort’s next match saw him score a technical knockout (TKO) against the UFC 6 runner-up Tank Abbott in a non-tournament fight, knocking Abbott down and finishing him with a ground and pound attack.