The UFC St. Louis card on Sunday night was supposed to bring about the final MMA fight of Vitor Belfort's legendary career. However, that will not be the case any longer as his opponent, Uriah Hall, failed to weigh in on Saturday morning. After Hall mysteriously missed his time on the scale, the UFC immediately confirmed the fight would not take place.
At this time, there still has been no reason given as to why Hall missed the weigh-in on Saturday.
Belfort facing off against Hall was the co-headliner on the UFC St. Louis card Sunday night that's highlighted by the main event of Jeremy Stephens taking on Doohoo Choi in a featherweight bout. More importantly to most, though, this was slated as the final MMA contest for the 40-year-old Belfort, who has had one of the more stellar careers in UFC history. While it seemed almost certain this would be the final fight of his career, Belfort did state that he would reconsider the retirement route, though it would take him earning at least $10 million to do so.
A few hours after word of the cancellation, Belfort issued a brief statement on Instagram. He wised Hall well in recovery from whatever the issue was that caused him to miss the weigh-in and said he's off to spend time with his family for the time being.
Pessoal, dediquei dois meses da minha vida para esse training camp. Passei esse tempo todo longe da minha família e todos sabem como isso é difícil para mim... Contratei os melhores profissionais q pude, minha equipe se dedicou intensamente mesmo durante as festas de final de ano. Cumpri todas minhas obrigações na semana da luta, cortei peso e subi na balança com o peso q tenho q bater para lutar... Infelizmente meu oponente teve algum problema durante o corte de peso. Torço para sua breve recuperação. Agora só quero voltar para casa e ver minha família... Muito obrigado por todo apoio e carinho de todos os q me acompanham. I dedicated 2 months for this training camp. Stayed away from my family and who knows me knows how hard this is for me. I spent all necessary to have the best structure to achieve my goal. My team had an intense dedication even during the holidays. I did all my fight week obligations, cut the weight and made the fight weight. Unfortunately my opponent had a problem during his weight cut, I wish him a soon recovery @uriahhall .Now I just want to go back home and see my family. Thanks for all the support along this training camp.Love you all!!
The UFC has not yet stated whether or not the bout will be rescheduled for a future date.
The news of the Belfort-Hall bout being cancelled comes on the heels Saturday of the reveal that the scheduled UFC 221 middleweight championshipafter Whittaker suffered an injury in training.
So, needless to say, the 2018 calendar year is not off to the most promising start for the UFC.