Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
For some fighters, age is just a number. Randy Couture is a true testament to that statement.
For other fighters, age is the quintessential line between staying relevant and shifting into retirement.
It has yet to be seen which type of fighter Vitor Belfort is at 35 years of age, but fans are going to know the answer to that question very soon.
Belfort wasn't fighting Anthony Johnson on Saturday night at UFC 152, he was trying to dethrone the best fighter in the world in Jon Jones.
Many people didn't even give Belfort a puncher's chance, and for good reason. He looked relatively slow as a light heavyweight and seemed depleted in the later rounds of the bout.
At his age, Belfort needs to make a difficult decision. Is he going to be able to rebound from this loss and someday produce a rematch against Jones or Anderson Silva?
Or is he going to realize he's part of the old breed of fighters who simply don't possess the all-around skill set to make a successful title run?
We'll find out soon enough.
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