Vitor Belfort was happy with retirement choice – but that was before Uriah Hall pulled out at UFC-St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – “Never say never,” Vitor Belfort on Friday said about the odds he’ll eschew his planned retirement after UFC Fight Night 124.

But maybe he was being prophetic. Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) couldn’t have known at the time that his opponent this weekend, Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC), would fail to step on the scale earlier today at the official weigh-ins, thereby cancelling their co-main event.

The plan for the Brazilian fighting legend was that he was going to hang up the gloves after Sunday’s fight so he can pursue a career on the business side of fighting and training.

“With my vision as an executive, I think I can accomplish a lot of stuff – and have big checks, and help a lot of people, and make the sport grow,” Belfort told MMAjunkie after his workout for fans and media members Friday.

But with his hope for that one final fight dashed the day before it was set to take place, maybe there’s a chance Belfort will hold off on the retirement so he can close his career when the UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro in his home country of Brazil this summer.

That’s what led to Belfort’s “never say never” comment, which seems way more appropriate now in the wake of the Hall news.

UFC Fight Night 124

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