Life after an MMA career can be tough for many fighters. Going from the huge adrenaline rush of fighting in front of a huge crowd to being somebody that the new generation doesn’t always recognize, can be tough.
MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, better known as Minotauro runs a few businesses now that he’s retired from MMA.
The Phenom, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort is recently retired and is focusing all his energy on his new Fitness gym franchise BFL (Belfort Fitness Lifestyle), which is located in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Belfort wants to attract the regular folks with BFL and how athletes should get involved.
An international survey found that more than 27% of world total adult population attends fitness centers, and that 61% of regular exercisers are currently doing “gym-type” activities.
Belfort on why he didn’t open a fight gym:
First of all there isn’t a lot of money out there. I’ve always helped fighters and not made money from fighters. The way MMA is structured, it’s not like basketball or soccer where you can make tons of money. So the idea of me creating this is because the fitness industry is a bunch of BS out there where people are buying into things because there are great motivators.
Belfort is also rumored to be in talks for a Jon Jones grappling match in Brazil – a rumor which Jones himself somewhat confirmed!
Belfort finished his career with a 26-14 (1 NC) record and also made a name for himself in PRIDE FC, where he earned his first disciplinary suspension after testing positive. “The Phenom” would later fail drug test in late 2015.