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Vitor Belfort apologizes to his fans after falling short in his title fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 187. The Phenom promises to come back stronger after spending some time with his family.

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Things did not go according to the plan for UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort in his title shot against champion Chris Weidman at UFC 187. After a flurry of punches in the opening minutes, Belfort was then taken down, mounted and quickly TKO'd by Weidman before the first horn sounded.

Despite the sudden loss, however, "The Phenom" says he is not done just yet.  As he wrote on his Instagram, he will spend time with his family, but plans on coming back stronger than before.

"I'm always happy, but I must confess I'm still sad with my performance at UFC 187. I'd like to thank my family, my friends, my team, my sponsors and my fans.  I love all of you, but now I have to relax and spend some time with my wife and kids. I will be back in full strength. I apologize to my Brazilian people and everyone around the world who is a part of my team for not bringing the victory."

Eu sou sempre feliz, mas confesso a vcs que ainda estou triste com a minha performance no UFC 187, estava indo muito bem... Gostaria de agradecer todo o carinho da minha família, amigos, meu time , meus patrocinadores e aos meus fãs . Eu amo vcs, mas agora preciso relaxar e ficar com minha e esposa @joanapradob e filhos. Voltarei com muita força!! Peço perdão por não trazer à vitória para meu povo brasileiro e a todos estrangeiros que fazem parte do meu time e torcem por mim. Como é bom poder conhecer vcs por aqui. Amo vcs! PEÇO QUE DEUS ABENÇOE A TODOS VCS QUE CHORAM E RIEM COMIGO. ATÉ BREVE! #blackzilians #sky #bmg #bsn #sbcoaching #mundoverde #netshoes #risetolife #cafebelfort #belforticoach I am always very happy, but I confess that I am still upset with my performance at UFC 187 I was going very well.. I'd like to thank all of my family, friends, team, sponsors and fans for all the love and support. I love you all, but now I need to relax and be with my wife @joanapradob and kids. I will be back in full strength! I apologize to my Brazilian people and everyone around the world who is part of my time for not bringing the victory. It is great to have all of you with me here! I ask that God may bless every single one of you who cry and share laughs with me. See you soon! #blackzilians #sky #bmg #bsn #sbcoaching #mundoverde #Netshoes #belforticoach #risetolife #cafebelfort

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