Strikeforce Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold was ready to make a statement when he stepped into the octagon against Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort.
Rockhold was ready to mow over the UFC legend and make a claim for a future title shot against Anderson “The Spider” Silva. Sadly for the Strikeforce champion, Belfort – who has played spoiler in the past – would land a spinning heel kick that sent Rockhold to the canvas. After a barrage of punches, the referee would stop the fight and Belfort would earn another win inside of the octagon.
Belfort, who is 36 years old and has gone 8-2 in his last 10 fights, continues to build upon his legacy. Although he has come under fire for his TRT usage, Belfort seems to have silenced some of his critics – that is as long his he tests clean in the post-fight drug tests.
While I don’t think that The Phenom will capture championship gold in the near future, he has certainly kept his legacy alive with his latest victory.
With his latest win under his belt, we have to ask what is next for The Phenom. His previous opponent Michael Bisping, who would have gotten a crack at the middleweight title if he hadn’t lost to Belfort, has voiced his desire to face Belfort.
Another past opponent is Wanderlei Silva, who Belfort beat in 44 seconds, back in 1998.
There is always Chael Sonnen, who Belfort has called out in the past. Time and time again, Sonnen has accepted Belfort’s challenge.
Who would you like to see Belfort fight next? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover.