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Vitor Vieira Belfort was born on April 1, 1977, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Son of José Marcos Belfort and Maria Jovita Vieira, the “carioca” was the second son of the couple, who were already the parents of Priscila Vieira Belfort, who was just over two years old.
In 1984, with only seven years old, Vitor already demonstrated guts and determination when the subject was sports and how to overcome it’s limits. It was this year that he participated in a BMX championship and ended it’s champion.
In this year, Vitor began playing amateur soccer for “Clube de Regatas do Flamengo”, where he paired double defense with Juan, who became a professional soccer player and defended the Brazilian Selection in two FIFA World cups, in 2006 and 2010.
In 1989, Belfort changed sports once more and began to train Jiu-Jitsu. His first master was Francisco Toco, a black belt, graduated by Carlson Gracie, who later would also be Vitor’s master.
In 1996, Vitor began his career in MMA. His first fight was against the American Jon Hess at SuperBrawl. On October 11th, in the city of Honolulu, Hawaii, Belfort conquered his first Knockout victory, in less than 12 seconds in SuperBrawl 2.
Vitor was invited to fight for the UFC. At that time, the event still had the tournament format. In UFC 12, Belfort fought against two American opponents - Tra Telligman and Scott Ferrozzo - in Dothan, Alabama, USA. In both fights Vitor emerged victorious: by submission and TKO, respectively. Vitor won the title of champion of that UFC event and the nickname "The Phenom".
His second participation was on April 30th, in Augusta, Georgia, USA, against the American Tank Abott, in UFC 13, which he won by KO in less than a minute.
On October 17th, Belfort made his fourth fight for the championship, in UFC 15. Faced Randy Couture in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, USA and he was defeated for the first time after seven minutes of combat against the American. To finish the year with a perfect end, on December 21th, Vitor faced one more American, Joe Charles, in Yokohoma, Japan. After dominating almost the entire fight of UFC Japan, Belfort won by submission with an armbar.
In 1998, Belfort fought one more time for the UFC. This time, he faced Wanderlei Silva, who was also a Brazilian at the UFC Brazil, that took place in São Paulo, Brazil. It was on October 16th, that Vitor “exterminated” his opponent in 44 seconds.
In 1999, Belfort left the UCF to compete in PRIDE FC. His first fight was at PRIDE 5, on April 29th against the Japanese Kazushi Sakuraba. During the fight, that happened in Goya, Japan, Vitor was the entire fight on the defensive due to braking his left hand and Sakuraba won by unanimous decision.
In 2000, Vitor was already fighting for the PRIDE and made his second fight for the tournament. On June 4th, he faced Gilbert Yvel, at PRIDE 9, in Nagoya, Japan. He was declared the Winner by unanimity, after dominating 2 rounds of the fight against the Dutch.
In this same year, and also by PRIDE, Belfort faced the Japanese Daijiro Matsui, in Saitama, Japan. As in the previous fight, after dominating by 2 rounds, he won by unanimous decision. PERSONAL: Began dating the model and presenter, Joana Prado. But three months later they broke up.
Começou a namorar a modelo e apresentadora, Joana Prado. Mas 3 meses após o início do namoro, o casal se separou.
On March 25th, he had his fourth fight for the PRIDE in Saitama, Japan. In the combat against the American Bobby Southworth, at PRIDE 13, Belfort came out winner by submission with a rear naked choke.
Vitor faced another American, Heath Herring, on May 27th, at PRIDE 14, in Yokohama, Japan. At the end of the combat, the judges recognized, in an unanimous decision, Vitor’s victory, who was fighting with a heavier opponent.
In this year, Bellfort returns to fight for the UFC and his first fight should have been against the American Tito Ortiz, in the first edition of the event in Las Vegas, but he suffered an injury before the fight and the event was canceled.
Then, Vitor fought against another American, Chuck Liddell, in UFC 37.5, on June 22nd, in Las Vegas, Nevada, EUA. It was a very balanced fight, however, at the end of the third round, Liddell managed a knockdown, ensuring the unanimous decision of victory.
From February to April, Vitor took part in the second edition of the reality TV show of Brazilian channel SBT, “Casa dos Artistas”, where he went back together, Joana Prado, model and presenter, who also was in the TV show. Belfort was the sixth eliminated from the 14 competitors and left the house on April 21st.
After his last result, Belfort was thirsty for victory in the fight against the American Marvin Eastman, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This will to win led to one of the deepest cuts ever seen in the MMA. The Judge, Big John McCarthy, had to stop the UFC 43 fight and announce Vitor as winner by TKO.
A little more than a year and a half after getting back together with Joana Prado, on December 20th, the couple made the union official. They received friends and family in the Espaço Central, São Paulo, Brazil, to celebrate the marriage and the exchange of weeding rings.
Belford faced Randy Couture for a rematch in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in UFC 46. He opened a cut in the American’s eyebrow and won the fight by TKO in just 49 seconds. And also won the belt for light heavyweight class on January 31.
On August 21, Belfort faces Randy Couture for the third time in the main event of UFC 49 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. After causing a cut on Vitor's face, Couture won by medical termination, regaining the belt for light heavyweight.
It was a very difficult year for Belfort and his family. On January 9th, his sister, Priscila Belfort, was kidnapped after leaving the “Secretaria Municipal de Esportes e Lazer” for lunch, where she worked in Rio de Janeiro.
After suffering a lot with the disappearance of his sister, Belfort, which was already a Christian, deepened more his relationship with Christ.
Belfort faced Tito Ortiz on February 5th, at UFC 51 that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. It was the most disputed combat of his career. The result was a split decision with victory for the American.
In this year, Belfort left the UFC once again and on April 23 he fought in PRIDE Total Elimintion 2005, in Osaka, Japan. Still in the first round the Dutch Alistair Overeem slapped a guillotine and won the combat.
Still in 2005, Vitor debuted in the Cage Rage Championship, on December 3, in the fight against Antony Rea, in Cage Rage 14, in London, England. In the second (Round), Belfort knocks out the French and won the fight.
In the morning of February 6, Joana Prado gave birth to their first son, Davi Prado Belfort. While Joana was giving entrance in the Maternity Pro Matre São Paulo, Vitor was fighting against Tito Ortiz in USA, however, the entire process, from the first contractions to the birth, lasted 12 hours, and Belfort could at least hear by the cellphone the birth of Davi. He also anticipated his flight back to see his firstborn as soon as possible.
On April 11, Belfort took part in his first and only professional boxing fight against Josemario Neves, which he won by TKO
On June 9, Vitor had a chance of a rematch against Alistair Overeem at Strickforce championship in San Jose, California, USA. However, Alister Overeem was considered the winner, by unanimous decision.
On June 2, at PRIDE Critical Countdown Absolute, Belfort faced Yoshiki Takahashi, in Japan. After 4 punches in 36 seconds, Belfort won the fight. On October 21, he fought against Dan Henderson in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. By judges' decision the victory went with Henderson.
He fought on April 21 at Cage Rage tournament, against Ivan Serati, in London, England, where he easily dominated his opponent and won by TKO. After almost two years in the tournament, Vitor made his last fight at Cage Rage, on September 22, against James Zikic. In this fight he won the Cage Rage for light heavyweight belt.
On October 31, 2007, was born Vitoria Prado Belfort, the first daughter of Belfort and Joana Prado.
In 2008, still out of UFC, Belfort made his debut in the Middleweight class of the Affliction championship, fight that he won by KO, against Terry Martin in Anaheim, California, USA.
On January 24, 2009, Belfort faced the American fighter Matt Lindland, in California, USA. And despite being an experienced opponent, Lindland failed and was knocked out by Belfort.
On July 31, the Brazilian fighter returned to sign with the UFC and already on September 19, fought against Rich Franklin, in UFC 103 in Dallas, USA, when he won the fight and was awarded with the "knockout of the night".
On June 7, 2009, was born Kyara, the second daughter of the couple Vitor Belfort and Joana Prado.
On February 5, Belfort fought at UCF 126, against the Brazilian Anderson Silva, in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Between March and June, he participated as coach of the reality show “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil”. In the end of the competition, during the UFC 147, he would fight against Wanderlei Silva, but he suffered an injury in the hand and was replaced.
On August 6, already recovered from the injury, Belfort fought in the Middleweight class against Yoshihiro Akiyama, in UFC 133, when he won the fight and the “knockout of the night” award.
In 2012, Belford began to train with the group entitled Blackzilians.
Even before he moved to the United States, Vitor faced Anthony Johnson, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at UFC 142, on January 15. Vitor won finalizing the opponent by Rear naked choke.
In September, Belford moved up in the weight class to replace Henderson and fought for the light heavyweight Belt in the UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada, but he didn’t get the victory.
On July 2012, Vitor released his first book, “Vitor Belfort - Lições de garra, fé e sucesso”, (Vitor Belfort – Lessons of guts, faith and success), to tell about his career and experiences inside and out of the octagon. The book joined the list of the best-selling books of Brazilian Magazine, VEJA.
It was in August from de same year, that Belfort and his family moved to Miami.
On January 19, Vitor faced Michael Bisping, at UFC on Fx7, in Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil. He won the fight with a KO and the award "Knockout of the Night".
On May 18, he fought in the UFC on FX 8, against Luke Rockhold, in Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina. Brazil. Besides winning the fight, he conquered the awards for "Knockout of the Year" at the World MMA Awards and in the Sports Science Newton Awards in the category "Greater Than".
On November 10, Belfort fought in Goiânia, Brazil, at UFC Fight Night 32, when he beat Dan Henderson by KO and won another award for "Knockout of the Night”.
In 2014, Vitor was confirmed as the middleweight challenger against Chris Weidman at UFC 173, but on May 24, the NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Comission) prohibited the use of TRT and Belfort was replaced by Lyoto Machida.
In July, Belfort was subjected to further tests and received clearance for his rematch fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 181. However, the fight that would happen on December 6, was delayed again (this time to February 28, 2015), because of Chris Weidman hand's injury.