“The Phenom” Vitor Belfort is still going strong at the ripe age of 36 — even after 17 years of wear and tear in the sport. Really a remarkable case of agility, outdoing UFC legend Randy Couture’s 14 years. Some of that can be credited to the fact that Belfort started his professional career at 19. Most however point towards his recently admitted use of testosterone replacement therapy. Regardless of the reason, the sport has the heart of a lion in Belfort, still going strong, as he feels he is just catching his strive.

“I feel that I am starting my career right now,” said Belfort.  “I feel young enough to keep fighting for a bunch more fights.”

Following recent comments by his upcoming opponent Luke Rockhold, “The Phenom” takes no ill-will to the remarks.

“He is a great fighter,” Belfort said about Rockhold.  “(His comments) this is just what he says.”

Not to look past his next challenge, but the former middleweight and light heavyweight contender, he feels ready to fight once again for the belt, regardless as to who it is.

“I have been fighting and winning all the fights in my division,” Belfort said.  “I think I deserve a title shot.”- Via Bleacher Report

The current UFC standings do place Belfort at number two in the rankings, yet it may be a hard sell if current champ Anderson Silva is to hold on to his title against number two challenger Chris Weidman, as Belfort lost via first-round knockout to “The Spider” in 2011.

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