Vitor Belfort on UFC 198 loss to “Jacare” Souza: “I went to work but didn’t work”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Vitor Belfort

“Saturday was a day that I went to work but didn’t work. Have you ever had that feeling? I learned through my life that we can’t stop learning, and the lesson I take from my fight Saturday is: don’t wait too much for the moment because if it doesn’t come and you don’t go for it, nothing will happen. I didn’t in my fight, I was focused in the defense and lost my main quality: the attack. If I could leave my learning here to you, that cost me a bitter defeat, is don’t wait for the moment to come, but go after it with the confident that you will conquer it. Merits to my opponent.”

-Vitor Belfort addresses his loss to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC 198 in a post to Facebook.

Penick’s Analysis: It was easily the worst performance Belfort has had in the Octagon in a very long time. At least against Chris Weidman he had a significant rush of early offense before he got taken out. He offered up absolutely nothing to Souza, and he got controlled and dominated as a result. It was more than a setback for Belfort in that it suggests he simply doesn’t have it in him to fight someone at that level in 2016. Can he bounce back? Perhaps, but this fight might have been final sign that he’s completely done as a title challenger.

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