Vitor Belfort posts heartbreaking open letter to missing sister on her 43rd birthday

The Belfort family suffered unimaginable loss in 2004, when Priscila, sister of former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, went missing.

While arrests linked to the case have been made over the years, Priscila never was found. Tuesday, on her 43rd birthday, Vitor took to Instagram to issue an open letter to update his sister on his life and talked about their family.

“I promise that, somehow, I will celebrate this day as if you were by my side,” Belfort said. “Pri, my kids always ask about you. They want to know every detail of your life. And, of course, I couldn’t forget your great friend (Joana, Vitor’s wife), who ended up becoming your confidant.We love you very, very much.

“And, Pri, I just talked to mom and she promised that, on this great day, she will celebrate your birthday without staying home. She said she’s going for a walk with a friend. And you know how dad is, right (laughs)? He’s still the same.” (Via Instagram)

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Exactly 43 years ago a princess was born. Her name was already pronounced sweet. PRISCILA VIEIRA BELFORT was born. Pri, wherever you are I really want this message to come to you. I hope in God’s Eternity of all creation. You can have access to LOVE messages. In fact, our father had already said that love is greater than everything.
And it is with this love that I come to congratulate you on your birthday. I promise that somehow I will celebrate this day as if you were by my side. Pri, my kids always ask you! They want to know every detail of your life. @davibelfort@vitoriabelfortoficial and @kyarabelfort it is logical that you could not forget your great friend @joanapradob who turned out to be your confidant … rsrs
Well … we love you very, very much. And Pri just spoke to Mom and she promised that on this big day she will celebrate her birthday without staying at home. She told me she’s going out and walking with a friend … Daddy you know what it’s like? LOL
It’s still the same …
That day especially we all wanted to be able to hug you and kiss you. I forgot to say; Dad returned to live in BH with our family. He is being very well taken care of there. All cousins ​​and aunts love you very much and say that they miss you a lot. All our cousins ​​have already become parents with beautiful children! You can not imagine every beautiful nephew we have !!
Well I write this letter directly from Montreal in Canada, on January 14th I will do my last fight on @ufc.
Pri, they have been fighting for 21 years and I confess that I can not wait to follow up on my second journey. In which all who participate will be winners.
I and @joanapradob created @belfortfitnesslifestyle a new model of gyms and next year we started opening for franchises. We are very happy with the result. We have a huge list of interested people and our students have become a great family. I’m sure you would love our students, each with a wonderful story.
Pri, right now I had to wipe away many tears from my face when I wrote this letter but I know that every tear is translated by God. Because only He understands that language.
I Love you, my sister.

Priscila disappeared Jan. 9, 2004, after her mom dropped her off at work in Rio de Janeiro. That was only weeks before Belfort was scheduled to meet Randy Couture in a rematch for the light heavyweight title. While he was given the option to withdraw, Belfort moved forward with the UFC 46 bout on Jan. 31.

Belfort won the headliner in Las Vegas via TKO and dedicated the win to his sister, whom he honored with a shirt that said “Come back, Priscila.” Despite a theory that Priscila was kidnapped and killed, her body has never been found. Over the years, Belfort has opened up about his difficulties to grapple with his sister’s absence.

In the post, Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) also mentioned his upcoming bout with Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC). The middleweight bout is set for UFC Fight Night 124, which takes place Jan. 14 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The meeting is the last on Belfort’s current UFC contract. While Belfort made mention of his “second journey” in the post, referencing the gym business he’s expanding with his wife, it’s hard to tell whether fulfilling his contract will mean retirement from MMA.

Both fighters enter the bout off rebound wins. Belfort recently snapped a winless streak dating back to 2015 by beating Nate Marquardt at UFC 212, while Hall’s knockout of Krzysztof Jotko in September meant recovery from three losses in a row.

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Vitor Belfort announces fight vs. Uriah Hall for January 2018

An intriguing middleweight bout appears to be set for early 2018.

Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) announced today on Instagram that he’s signed a bout agreement to fight Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC).

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I just signed my bout agreement for January 14th at UFC.
I always looked for big challenges and in my last UFC fight it couldn’t be different…
@uriahhall it’s a honor to share the cage with a such young and talented fighter. Thanks for accepting the fight!

According to Belfort’s post, the fight is slated for a yet-to-be announced UFC event on Jan. 14, which, it should be noted, falls on a Sunday.

In his last fight in June, Belfort scored a unanimous-decision win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212. It was Belfort’s first victory since Nov. 2015, when he knocked out Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 77.

Belfort was called out by Sam Alvey in August and responded in kind. But with Alvey booked to fight Ramazan Emeev on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 118, Belfort apparently has moved on.

In Hall, Belfort faces an opponent also on the rebound. Hall last month rallied to win via TKO over Krzysztof Jotko at UFC Fight Night 116 to snap a three-fight losing streak.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sam Alvey faces 'biggest weight cut of my life' ahead of UFC Fight Night 118

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GDANSK, Poland – Sam Alvey wants to book a dream fight with Brazilian legend Vitor Belfort next year, but he’ll have to complete a weight cut of more than 34 pounds to get there.

Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) takes on fellow middleweight Ramazan Emeev (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 118, which takes place ar Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and streams on UFC Fight Pass. Alvey looks to round off his year with a win and convince the UFC to grant his wish to face former UFC light heavyweight champion Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) in the new year.

But with the call coming just 10 days ahead of the contest, and with Alvey not in optimal fight shape, the California native has in effect accepted two fights this week, as he faces a battle with the scale, and then the bout itself against Emeev.

Alvey was looking to squeeze in one more fight before the end of 2017, and he was hoping he might be the ideal man to step in should anything happen to either Anderson Silva or Kelvin Gastelum ahead of their UFC Fight Night 122 main event clash in Shanghai later this year.

“We’ve been bugging them for a fight,” he admitted. “We wanted to fight again this year, just like everyone on the UFC roster. We were told it’s probably not going to happen.

“I started running because I was anticipating Anderson Silva or Gastelum getting injured. ‘Sign me up. I’m there!’ So I was kinda training for that one, just in case.”

That fight didn’t materialize, and instead Alvey was offered an altogether different kind of test, against a dangerous Russian with an underrated record – on just 10 days’ notice.

Alvey’s face told the story when he explained how he was “right on the borderline” of whether he could get enough weight off in time to make the 186-pound middleweight limit for Saturday’s matchup.

But despite admitting he faces a serious weight-cut between now and official weigh-ins, he’s taking everything in stride with that familiar smile on his face.

“We’re going to make the biggest weight cut of my life, but we’re going to do it successfully,” he insisted, explaining that when he got the call to fight at middleweight he was “north of 220” pounds.

“As soon as camp (for his last fight) is over, I’m back, I’m lifting, I’m getting swole – and I’m eating,” he part-joked.

“It was a lot of fun making weight – so far!

“For me, it’s ‘say yes,’ and I’ll figure it out later. It’s always been the case, and my career’s been going real well so far.”

With Alvey accepting the fight – and the challenge of getting down to his contracted weight – he explained that he’d done some research on his opponent and discovered a man who, despite his lack of name recognition, held a fight record that demanded respect.

“I watched everything I could,” he said of Emeev, who holds a 15-3 record. “I know he’s a stud. He’s fought a lot of guys who are like 30-4 or 29-7 who have big winning records. So he’s no joke. I couldn’t take him lightly.

“I’ve got my idea of what I want to have happen, and I’m going to go out there and try to make it happen.”

And if Alvey is successful on Saturday night, he hopes 2018 will be the year he moves into contender status, though he concedes he’ll always be labeled a “fun fighter” by the fans.

“You know what? As long as the UFC likes me – the fans like me already – I’m going to be that fighter,” he said. “I’m going be that fighter that’s got the dynamite in (his) hands. I’m going to be that fighter that can even submit black belts if need be.

“It’s just a matter of time. The Vitor fight will be my real ticket to the top-10 starlight, and he wants the fight too, so we’ll make that fight happen.”

That potential clash with Belfort is something Alvey made clear he wants in his immediate future.

And the man known for his heavy hands and winning smile hopes to use victory on Saturday in Poland to state his case for a battle with Belfort.

“I said yes, and Vitor said yes. The UFC just had different plans for now,” he said. “But after I win this one at such short notice, I think the UFC owes me a little bit.

“And I’m going to demand it. I want Vitor. Give me Vitor!”

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Vitor Belfort responds to Sam Alvey after UFC-Mexico: He'll be first to get knocked out smiling

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Vitor Belfort didn’t take long to accept Sam Alvey’s challenge to be the next stop on the “2017 Vengeance Tour.”

Following Alvey’s (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) split-decision win over Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night 114 on Saturday, “Smile’n” Sam called for a matchup with Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC). He said he wants to get revenge against everyone who has beaten his friend, mentor and training partner Dan Henderson – something “The Phenom” has done twice.

Belfort caught win of Alvey’s request for a future middleweight fight, and the Brazilian accepted with a threat (via Instagram):

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Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion who is coming off a unanimous decision win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 in February, mentioned Las Vegas as a possible destination for the matchup. The organization’s next stop in “Sin City,” is UFC 216, slated for Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site. And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Paulo Borrachinha says he was offered Vitor Belfort but thinks UFC vet 'wants an easier fight'

Before he even joined the UFC, middleweight Paulo Borrachinha helped Vitor Belfort prepare for two of his own octagon battles. Now, he wants to meet the veteran inside of it.

The problem is that, according to Borrachinha (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), the desire doesn’t seem mutual. The fighter, who took to social media to ask Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) to accept a battle at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Canada, guarantees he was actually offered the matchup by the promotion. And he says he agreed in a heartbeat.

While he’s yet to hear a definite no, he has seen some signs. Including an Instagram one, posted shortly before Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum met at last Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25. In it, Belfort said he’d like either a rematch with Gastelum or a meeting with Derek Brunson, referencing only a “beginner” that he was offered.

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“This looks more like an attempt of changing the focus from the fight with me,” Borrachinha told MMAjunkie. “I saw he said he was offered a beginner – as if it wasn’t a good thing for him. But even if it were, I think the fact that he didn’t name me means he doesn’t want to fight me.

“He wants to erase the possibility of this fight happening. I think it’s very hard for this fight to happen, because we can’t make anyone fight. I respect the UFC’s policies, but I think if they’re paying the athlete, they shouldn’t be picking too much. But OK. It looks like he wants an easier fight.”

Reached for comment by MMAjunkie, Belfort’s camp sent the following reply:

“We wish him the best. He’s a kid, just starting out in the sport, with great potential. May he keep his head in place, and have the perseverance and patience to reach his goals.”

Borrachinha is at a much different point of his career than his 40-year-old target. At 26, he’s only had two UFC fights, which cap off an undefeated 10-fight record made up of finishes. Of those, nine were knockouts. After starching his first UFC opponent, Garrett McLellan, at UFC Fight Night 206, he got his second straight TKO over Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC 212.

Belfort, in turn, is coming off his own UFC 212 win – a decision over fellow veteran Nate Marquardt. Despite a rough 1-4 recent patch, Belfort has fought some of the biggest names in the sport throughout his more than 20-year career. He’s held a UFC title and fought for it another three times. And though he’s put the thought on hold, he has flirted with the idea of retirement.

While Borrachinha says he didn’t actively pursue the matchup with the veteran, he’s still quite interested in it. First, he clarifies that he has “nothing personal against” Belfort – in fact, it would be an honor to meet some who’s part of the sport’s history. Also, he’s been asking to get a crack at a top-10 opponent – and No. 11 Belfort (in the official UFC rankings) is close enough.

But there’s more to it.

“I wanted the fight to happen – I still do,” Borrachinha said. “It’s a good fight. He’s a well-known guy. I think I’d beat him, too. Without much difficulty. I think despite the fact he’s very experienced, I think I could beat him in the first round.

“Therefore, I’d like the fight. That’s simply it. But it didn’t come from me. The UFC offered it.”

Borrachinha seems encouraged by what he saw in his contact with the former champion. As Belfort’s camp confirmed with MMAjunkie, the up-and-comer was in fact brought in to help the veteran prepare for his UFC 187 title fight with then-champ Weidman and UFC Fight Night 77’s trilogy fight with Dan Henderson.

“He knows me,” Borrachinha said. “He knows my fight style. Even though we didn’t do any intense sparring there, like what I do here – which is more competitive, heavier training.

“With him, it was lighter training. But we got to know each other well. Know each other’s tools, strengths and weaknesses. Maybe that’s why he turned it down. Who knows.”

In case that fails to materialize, Borrachinha says he doesn’t have any other particular names in mind for his next bout. Given his confidence that it’s time to prove his case in the UFC with a bigger name, he’d like someone in the top-10. But he’ll fight outside of it, too. The same way he’ll fight fellow countrymen – case in point – or whomever else the UFC deems fit.

“I’m not here to turn down fights, to handpick who I will or won’t fight,” Borrachinha said.

He would, however, like to get in another fight before year’s end – the UFC’s next incursion in Brazil, rumored for Oct. 28, seems ideal for his camp efforts. After all, that would fit perfectly with the very specific plan he had laid out for the next 18 months.

“I started in the UFC in March – I fought twice,” Borrachinha said. “I intend to fight once mor this year, that will make it three. Next year, I intend to do four fights. The last one – I want it to be for the belt.

“I know it may look recent, but my division is very volatile. It changes very fast. We just saw Weidman beating Gastelum – He was coming off three straight losses, and I think if he wins one more he will be credentialed to fight for the belt again. I think with those four fights next year I can make it up there to the stab at the belt.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Vitor Belfort open to 'neutral ground' rematch with Nate Marquardt following UFC 212 'excuses'

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Vitor Belfort has had plenty of rematches during his career, and after his victory over Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 earlier this month, he’s apparently down for another.

Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) went to the scorecards for the first time in 10 years when he faced Marquardt (35-18-2 MMA, 13-11 UFC) at UFC 212. He came out with 29-28 scores across the board in a slow-paced but competitive middleweight fight.

Although Marquardt was silent in the immediate aftermath of the event, he later told MMAFighting.com he felt the judges got it wrong and cheated him out a victory. “The Great” has never had a rematch during his 18-year, 55-fight career, but he wants one with Belfort.

Marquardt said he feels the fact the fight took place in Belfort’s native Brazil tipped the odds in his favor, but in a response posted on Instagram, “The Phenom” denied that notion and chastised Marquardt for not being gracious in defeat:

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“I respect (Marquardt) a lot but finding excuses for a loss it is not right,” Belfort wrote. “I won the fight for sure and fighting in Brazil doesn’t make a difference for the organization and the judges. As far as I’m concerned UFC is an international organization that has events and staff all over the world.”

Marquardt was far from alone in feeling he deserved the nod. Of the 20 media outlets tracked by MMADecisions.com, 13 scored it for the American.

Scoring controversies are new territory for Belfort since he’s a notorious finisher. He did things a little different;y at UFC 212, though, and he said that stemmed from his move to Montreal’s Tristar Gym.

Belfort originally said prior to UFC 212 that the event in Rio de Janeiro would be his final fight. He backtracked as fight night approached, and by the time his post-fight interview had arrived, Belfort said he was planning to compete five more times.

It appears he’s willing to make one of those fights a rematch with Marquardt, and just because of the complaints, he said it can happen in a location where there will be no accusations of biased judging.

“If you want to do it again, I am down for it!” Belfort wrote. “Let’s fight in a neutral ground, so you can’t complain about hometown advantage. I will make sure that the fight will not go to the last round!”

For more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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