There is no question that Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort has had a great 2013.
The former UFC Light Heavyweight champion is not only has victories over Strikeforce Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and TUF winner Michael Bisping, but also he finished them both within the first two frames via knockout.
Now Belfort is set to rematch Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 32, Nov. 9 in The Phenom’s home country of Brazil. If he were to defeat Henderson, this would mark Belfort’s third victory in a year, which would be enough to solidify his spot as a contender for “2013 Fighter of the Year.”
As for the fight itself, Henderson had previously defeated Belfort by decision at Pride 32, which took place in Las Vegas, back in 2006. After the fight Belfort tested positive for banned substances. Since then he has not competed in Nevada.
Since then both Belfort and Henderson have enjoyed success in the UFC, as well as other promotions.
One factor that could nullify Belfort’s candidacy for “Fighter of the Year” would be the criticism that has been thrown at him since he revealed that he used testosterone replacement (TRT) therapy.
Although he has not failed a drug test – and UFC President Dana White has been quoted as saying they would “test the **** out of him” – fans and fighters have continued to call him out on using TRT. Henderson has also revealed that he used TRT, though he had quit the therapy prior to his fight with Rashad Evans.
If fans and critics can get past Belfort’s TRT usage – provided that he does not fail a drug test – and he avenges his loss Henderson in the same impressive fashion that he beat Belfort and Rockhold, then he would not only be considered for “Fighter of the Year” but also could be in line for another shot at a UFC title.
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