The veteran and former UFC champion was looking to resume his fighting career and debut for the ONE Championship before the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 epidemic has forced many non-essential companies around the world to suspend operations, including the Singapore-based ONE Championship.
Belfort (26-14 MMA) turned the wheels for a return to heavyweight competition.
“So my agent went to Chatri (Sityodtong) to finalize a fight, but it all happened,” Belfort told MMA Junkie. ” It’s crazy. Everything is put on hold, but I can’t wait to get back into action and bring something (new), to reinvent myself again. I think it will be the last time and for sure, I’m happy to get back to the action. “
The Brazilian star signed with ONE Championship in March 2019, but the last time Belfort was seen in the cage was in May 2018, when he suffered a knockout loss to Lyoto Machida in Brazil. It was Belfort’s last fight with the UFC.
Belfort said the break was very necessary because it helped him overcome the feeling of being exhausted from sport.
“I don’t want to be like my last four fights,” said Belfort. “I was fighting with injuries. I was not happy. The situation was not what I wanted at the time, and I think now I sort of appreciate it. I was waiting for the moment, this thing to come back on. Everyone has their time. People are busy, people get complacent, and my thing is more than I didn’t want to fight out of need. I want to fight by will, and I’m in the right place right now, in a place of happiness. “
Belfort plans to make his return to battle different from what fans are used to seeing. “The Phenom” did not reveal details of his plan, but said he was working with ONE Championship to do something outside of traditional fighting, hinting at a change in the rules of MMA or the sport itself .
“I’m interested in doing something out of the box,” said Belfort. “Everyone is doing something and people are exhausted from the fighting. People don’t know what to watch, where to pay, what to pay attention to, but what really attracts people is the personalities. …
“I’m really interested in bringing something that people do that people go,” Oh my God, where did it come from? “So, it’s me and ONE come together, trying to do something that will really get attention and bring a unique product to the market. …
“When I can reveal anything, I promise we will go out with you here.” I promise. “
Discover the full conversation with Belfort in the video below.