Vitor Vieira Belfort (; born April 1, 1977) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion as well as UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion. Belfort was born in Rio de Janeiro and studied jiu-jitsu with Carlson Gracie. As of May 16, 2016, he is the #3 contender in official UFC middleweight rankings. He was also the last Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Champion. He holds notable victories over world champions Luke Rockhold, Dan Henderson , Rich Franklin , Randy Couture, and Wanderlei Silva.