Vitor Belfort is an MME champion, a heavyweight champion, and a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist. He deliberately ran to a height where his main focus is not only to reach the summit but also to reach it in excellent style. Although most people call him “Victor” instead of “Vitor”, as he is actually called, his popularity rings out when fans shout the nickname “The Phenomenon”.
Vitor Belfort’s Biography
Although he is not a very young athlete, Vitor has made sure that age does not limit his success. He was born on April 1, 1977, to Brazilian parents José Marcos Belfort and Maria Jovita Vieira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he grew up before settling in Boca Raton, Florida, in the United States of America.
Since he is quite fluent in English, he also speaks Portuguese and Spanish. He loves religion and practices Christianity. He has made several videos about his faith in Jesus Christ and can also be seen in the video “I am down”, which was sung by the gospel crew The Almost. He has an incredible physique, which is not surprising considering what he does for a living. He is 1.82 m tall and weighs about 84 kg.
He was interested in publishing a book about himself in 2012, in which he tells his lessons about determination, faith, and success and which is entitled “Vitor Belfort-Licoes de Garra, Fe & Sucesso”.
Vitor Belfort was interested in boxing and started as a trainee at the age of 12 when he was hired by Claudio Coelho to train. At the age of 17, he developed his amazing skills by training alongside other champions like Murilo Bustamante, Ricardo Liborio, Ricardo De La Riva, Mario Sperry, and Wallid Ismail. At the age of 19, he moved to the USA to bring his career to its professional peak. This proved to be a good move when he knocked out his very first opponent Jon Hess in a mixed martial arts match entitled Super Brawl in Hawaii.
That same year, Vitor Belfort moved on to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he scored a stunning victory over two challengers, becoming the youngest fighter ever to make such bold moves in the octagon. This also earned him the nickname “The Phenomenon”. He also won his second fight against Tank Abbot. His three other fights before he left the UFC have been a miracle for many fans to this day. First, he lost to Greek-Roman wrestler Randy Couture, whose apparent excellence in clinch fighting was not equal to the champ’s boxing skills. In his last fight, he took his anger out on his unsuspecting opponent, whom he chased around the ring until he was declared the winner.
Vitor left the UFC and switched to the PRIDE Fighting Championships. His first fight was a disaster in which his opponent beat him mercilessly. The defeat prompted him to change his coach, whereupon he returned to better performances and greater successes.
He returned to the UFC and also had his share of wins and defeats, although he never gave in to achieve more victories. Despite the pain he suffered in January when his sister went missing, he scheduled a match for 31 January 2004 and won the match under 49 seconds, with Randy Couture as his challenger. But Randy challenged Vitor again in August 2014 and defeated him, making it a win-win situation. Finally, he sealed his contract with the fight against Tito Ortiz, where he fought bravely but lost to Ortiz. He returned to Pride on October 21, 2006, but his time there did not last long as he soon played a third round of UFC where he remained until his announcement of his retirement from mixed martial arts competition in 2018.
After his return to Pride in 2006, he was accused of taking 4-hydroxytestosterone, a synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid. Vitor Belfort denied that he had taken the drug intentionally and an investigation was launched to determine how he could have tested positive. He stated that it might have been contained in a drug he had recently bought over the counter, or probably in one of the drugs used to treat a knee injury he had earlier this year.
Finally, his physician, Dr. Rodrugo M. Greco, wrote a formal statement to the Nevada State Athletic Commission stating that the medications he had used to treat the champ contained testosterone. Despite all this, the commission still suspended him for nine months with a $10,000 fine, saying the injury was established, whether intentional or not.
Vitor’s championship was literally a record that began when he studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlson Gracie and was awarded a black belt. At the age of 18, he also became an absolute and heavyweight champion with the blue belt when he won the blue belt; and when he entered the UFC, he stunned the world with his string of successes.
He won the UFC 12 Heavyweight Hebeliga Heavyweight Champion, he also won the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, which did not stop him from winning the Cage Rage Lightweight World Championship. Not only was he recognized as the ultimate champion, but he also broke the record for the most finishes in UFC history.
Family – Wife (Joana Prado) and Sister
In 2000, Vitor Belfort found love with Joana Prado, with whom he began a relationship that was initially quite rocky, but later led her to the altar. They are blessed with three children: Victoria Belfort, born on 31 October 2007, David Belfort, born on 6 February 2005, and Kyara Belfort, born on 5 June 2009. Prado is a Brazilian entrepreneur and role model.
The trouble began in Vitor’s family on January 9th, when his beloved sister and only sister Priscila Belfort went missing after being taken to work by her mother. Three years after her disappearance, a woman who later identified herself as Elaine Paiva openly confessed to having been involved in Priscila’s disappearance and eventual killing.
She bravely said that the reason Pricilla was kidnapped was to pay off a debt she owed to some drug dealers, but things got screwed up and they killed and buried Priscilla in Rio De Janerio. The kidnapping was carried out by a group of four people who were also arrested. The “Belfort’s” still don’t believe that their daughter Pricilla is dead because they claim they didn’t bury her body. On her 43rd birthday (December 5, 2017), Vitor wrote her a heartwarming message, hoping she would see her wherever she was.
Vitor Belfort’s Net Worth
Vitor has net assets of $5.5 million. He built his wealth by being really good and successful in all aspects of the career he was interested in. As a champion in mixed martial arts, he was certainly well paid.