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Brazil's Vitor Belfort at open workouts in a (Credit: Getty)

Brazil's Vitor Belfort at open workouts in a temporary ring under a bridge in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, leading into UFC on FX 7. (Jan. 16, 2013)

Vitor Belfort

UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort at age 19 won the UFC 12 heavyweight tournament. He is also a former UFC light heavyweight champion.

Vitor Belfort fights against Michael Bisping at
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Vitor Belfort fights against Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7 at Ibirapuera gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (January 20, 2013)

Vitor Belfort, from Brazil, left, kicks Michael Bisping,
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Vitor Belfort, from Brazil, left, kicks Michael Bisping, from Britain during their middleweight mixed martial arts bout at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Vitor Belfort, from Brazil, celebrates after defeating Michael
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Vitor Belfort, from Brazil, celebrates after defeating Michael Bisping, from Britain during their middleweight mixed martial arts bout at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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Brazilian Vitor Belfort (top) fights against British Michael
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Brazilian Vitor Belfort (top) fights against British Michael Bisping during the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at Ibirapuera gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian Vitor Belfort (R) fights against British Michael
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Brazilian Vitor Belfort (R) fights against British Michael Bisping during the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at Ibirapuera gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian Vitor Belfort reacts after the victory against
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Brazilian Vitor Belfort reacts after the victory against British Michael Bisping during the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at Ibirapuera gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian Vitor Belfort poses on the fence after
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Brazilian Vitor Belfort poses on the fence after his victory against British Michael Bisping after the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at Ibirapuera gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Yasuyoshi CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian fighter Vitor Belfort gestures as he weighs
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Brazilian fighter Vitor Belfort gestures as he weighs in ahead of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Belfort will compete in UFC in Sao Paulo on Jan. 19. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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Brazil's Vitor Belfort at open workouts in a
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Brazil's Vitor Belfort at open workouts in a temporary ring under a bridge in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, leading into UFC on FX 7. (Jan. 16, 2013)

Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, right, kicks Vitor
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Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, right, kicks Vitor Belfort in the face en route to a fourth-round submission at UFC 152 in Toronto. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Jon Jones, background, is caught in an armbar
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Jon Jones, background, is caught in an armbar that nearly forced him to tap out against Vitor Belfort. Jones managed to fight through and win by a fourth-round submission to defend his UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 152 in Toronto. (Sept. 22, 2012)

Jon Jones, left, and Vitor Belfort, right, pose
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Jon Jones, left, and Vitor Belfort, right, pose during the UFC 152 pre-fight press conference at the Real Sports Bar and Grill in Toronto. (Sept. 20, 2012)

DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Vitor Belfort
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DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Vitor Belfort conducts a workout at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center on September 17, 2012 in Delray Beach, Florida. Belfort will fight Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Vitor Belfort conducts a workout at the Jaco
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Vitor Belfort conducts a workout at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center in Delray Beach, Florida. Belfort will fight Jon Jones at UFC 152. (Sept. 17, 2012)

DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Vitor Belfort
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DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Vitor Belfort conducts a workout at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center on September 17, 2012 in Delray Beach, Florida. Belfort will fight Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: (L) Vitor
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DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: (L) Vitor Belfort trains as (R) Rashad Evans looks on at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center on September 17, 2012 in Delray Beach, Florida. Belfort will fight Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: (R) Vitor
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DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: (R) Vitor Belfort trains with (L) Rashad Evans at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center on September 17, 2012 in Delray Beach, Florida. Belfort will fight Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Vitor Belfort conducts a workout at the Jaco
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Vitor Belfort conducts a workout at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center in Delray Beach, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2012)

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DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Vitor Belfort
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DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Vitor Belfort conducts a workout at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center on September 17, 2012 in Delray Beach, Florida. Belfort will fight Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Vitor Belfort, from Brazil, celebrates after defeating Antony
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Vitor Belfort, from Brazil, celebrates after defeating Antony Johnson, from the US, during their middleweight mixed martial arts bout at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 142 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Vitor Belfort, from Brazil, top, punches Antony Johnson,
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Vitor Belfort, from Brazil, top, punches Antony Johnson, from the US, during their middleweight mixed martial arts bout at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 142 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday Jan. 15, 2012. Belfort defeated Johnson. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Vitor Belfort, from Brazil, left, fights Antony Johnson,
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Vitor Belfort, from Brazil, left, fights Antony Johnson, from the US, during their middleweight mixed martial arts bout at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 142 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. Belfort defeated Johnson. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Vitor Belfort

Successful title defenses: 0 Vitor Belfort had won
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Successful title defenses: 0

Vitor Belfort had won the UFC 12 heavyweight tournament in 1997 but was unable to win a championship in his first UFC stint. He returned to the promotion in 2002 and received a title shot against Couture at UFC 46 on Jan. 31, 2004. In the first moments of the fight, Belfort's gloved opened a cut on Couture's eye on his first punch. The fight was stopped after just 49 seconds and Belfort was declared the new champion.

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Vitor Belfort, of Brazil, right, trains during UFC
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Vitor Belfort, of Brazil, right, trains during UFC Rio open workouts on Barra de Tijuca Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ahead of his fight against Anthony Johnson. (Jan. 11, 2012)

Vitor Belfort, of Brazil, second from left, trains
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Vitor Belfort, of Brazil, second from left, trains during the UFC Rio open workouts event on Barra de Tijuca Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Jan. 11, 2012)

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